Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
I shared Cora's story with the kids the other day; I think it is good for them to know that there are people in the world who need our prayers, who have troubles bigger than some of the things we face throughout the day. Christian sat and looked through their family's blog, clicking on the pictures to make them bigger, commenting on Cora in the pictures before her illness. He would say,"There she is, all better." He didn't understand that those photos were prior to the hospital ones. He wanted to know why the tubes were in her body, why she was hooked up to all the machines. I tried to explain it the best I could.
Today, I shared with them that she, as her parents put it, was with Jesus now. I don't think he really got it at first. Michaela heard me tell someone at church (I got very emotional and shared a little with a friend, someone who lost a small child many years ago). This afternoon, however, it sort of "struck" the two of them. The both just cried and cried. They said it was just so sad, it was too sad, that a baby had died. A little baby. How true.
Christian really had a hard time overcoming his tears. I didn't try to make him stop or anything; I tried to comfort him. And God helped me not burst into tears myself, because I have shed more than a few myself today. The Lord gave me a calm spirit to be with Christian during his sadness. He wanted to pray right then for Cora and for her family.
I told him we have a lot to be thankful for. I also told him that their family had many happy memories of their little girl, and that they knew she was with Jesus now. He said,"They know?" I said,"They do." Our God keeps his promises. He sent his son to live and die and be raised for us. And he is victorious. And so they, we, can know. We can be certain. Thank God that he is trustworthy. Even when we don't understand, we can still trust.
I know there are many children out there suffering, and that many pass away. I just happened to "meet" this family on the internet. They have given me a new determination to pray for those who are in such circumstances...cancer is such a terrible disease. No child or anyone for that matter should endure all that it brings to pass.
I am longing for the day when the Lord shall indeed wipe away every tear, when there will be no more death or mourning, when everything will be made new!
I have been deeply affected by this family. I will never be the same.