Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fulfilled Promises ✽ Love

I always love the first day of a new month. In a way it seems like a fresh start, a clean slate. It seems like a time for new beginnings, reevaluation and renewal of enthusiasm. It feels full of hope and promise. And so September 1st is always a day to look forward to, just like the first of every other month is. And for a dear friend, today was certainly a day of realized hope and fulfilled promises, and not just a reminder of those things.

Miss Lillian was a precious lady who loved the Lord- and loved others. If you were to sum her up in one word, "Love" would be the one you would pick. She had so many other qualities and blessings to share with others, and yet, through all of them, you just felt and saw and received... love. She was gentle, but spunky, and always so grateful. Nothing she did was ever for show, and it only made it that much more beautiful. She lived a long life of wonderful testimony to our Lord and Savior.

Today I woke up to a text from her daughter letting us know that this morning she went to be with her beloved King; to rejoice at the throne of her Lord, to be reunited with her husband as she has looked forward to so often in the past year, to receive the fulfillment of all the promises that the Lord has given those who serve him. And though we here on earth mourn the loss of her beautiful spirit, I am thankful to know that the Lord is faithful to those who love and honor Him. I will miss Miss Lillian, and my heart hurts for her family. And yet our future arrival on those beautiful shores will be that much richer as we join her in praising the Lord before His throne, and we have such precious memories of her to hold onto. Miss Lillian is now realizing the fulfillment of Christ's promises in full, in a way that even the strongest christian may never comprehend here on this fallen earth. Her Savior's love, that surpasses her own a hundredfold, is now being fully made known to her. And I known that she is praising him for his mercies <3.

"Whoever pursues righteousness and love 
finds life, righteousness, and honor."
                      -Proverbs 21:21

I wrote this post last week, but I couldn't bring myself to post it right away. I almost decided not to post it at all, but Miss Lillian was such a precious part of my life, that I wanted to share this with you and ask for prayer for her family. She and her family were some of the very great blessings that made our time in VA something we wouldn't have given up, and I am so thankful that we were able to know her, no matter how short the time <3.

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