You make known to me the path of life;

In your presence there is fullness of joy;

At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11IMG_1742

Eight years ago today our daughter Lillian Grace was born but her soul was already in the presence of God, in fullness of joy.  I am very thankful to have been her mother for 22 short weeks, and for how God has used the loss to teach me about His sovereign love.

When I read or hear about God’s great love that led him to give his Son to ransom me, I think of losing our daughter and can understand more clearly how deep that love is.  When I think of God, the Creator, offering his only child to die for his enemies, I cannot imagine loving someone that much.  And I worship our good God.  I can trust Him even though He has brought us through great pain and loss.  It took several years, but I have learned to love Him more through the losses of Lilly and later miscarriages.  And that has, strangely enough, led me to be thankful and rest in Him.

For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  2 Corinthians 5:21IMG_1740