Last week Sveta asked me why we hang Emma's stocking if she's not here. Her innocent question gave me an opportunity to explain how we can still love and remember someone even if they aren't with us, and that Emma's stocking is a reminder that she's always with us in our hearts. We have great hope in the Lord and we will see Emma again.
What hope, what truth.
Isn't that the true message of this season?
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."
The peace Emma has now is as incomprehensible to me as the peace I have with her being apart from me. How can I be at peace when she's no longer alive here with me?
God alone has done this in my heart.
But the wandering, the wondering, the crying out to God for clarity on other things in our lives - this is a blog post for the future.
Perhaps, the most difficult post to come.
In the valley is where we have been for a very long time - searching, waiting.
Hope must lie in the valleys of life, I am learning this is where the most profound spiritual growth happens.