Well, the beach trip went well and Henry & I arrived back in Erie at 2 a.m. Saturday morning and then found out a few hours later that my dear friend up here was in the midst of an awful tragedy. It's not my story to tell, so I won't. But I will say that the past couple of days I have seen the body of Christ come together and love my sweet friend and her family well and that I am amazed at how the Lord has burdened so many hearts for them and stirred so many people to pray and encourage and help this family. I have definitely sensed that the Lord mourns alongside us and carries our sorrows, He is near to the brokenhearted. Also, I am encouraged by Jesus saying:
"In this world you will have troubles. But take heart, for I have overcome the world."-John 16:33
It is hard but sweet to have the privilege to weep alongside a friend. To not have answers to questions but to just stand beside them. I have seen supernatural peace and I know that this is a segment of a story that will ultimately glorify God and display his compassion on his children.
This is the song that keeps playing in my heart.