Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ye shall live also.

Last Saturday evening I received a sad phone call to inform me that one of our
darling neighbors had been in an accident, and she had passed away.
Little Iris was six.
My heart broke as I heard the details of the accident, and tried to
 understand and grasp how her mother must be feeling. 
 I can't imagine.
That evening Mr. Nielson and our good friends went to a party store and
 ordered dozens and dozens of white balloons.  
The next morning at church we gave the balloons out to all the children in 
our congregation, and then together we let them go while our church bell rang.
The imagery of the balloons floating to the heaven was beautiful and healing.
Adults were comforting children while children cried.
Years ago Mr. Nielson and I lay in comas while hundreds of
family, friends and strangers let balloons go for us all over the world even!
There was so much hope, and so much faith.
Photo taken from blog: lynn lost in love 

I felt emotional on many levels.
I know pain and tragedy in a very personal way but felt so sad and helpless
for Iris's family.
I have certain "go-to" talks I turn to when I feel discouraged, 
and this talk by Shayne M. Bowen is one of my favorites.
He says:

"I have learned that the bitter, almost unbearable pain can become 
sweet as you turn to your Father in Heaven and plead for 
His comfort that comes through 
His plan; His Son, Jesus Christ; and His Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost.
I testify that because of Him, even our Savior, Jesus Christ, those feelings 
of sorrow, loneliness, and despair will one day be swallowed up in a fullness of joy.  
I can depend on Him when He said:
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
"Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me:
 because I live, ye shall live also".