Today is one of those days when everything that I had planned to post seems totally unimportant. I have no words. My heart is aching for the Pearson family. I have never met this family, but the Lord has impressed them on my heart ever since I heard about their sweet Paxten.
I am astounded by the loving words that Paxten's mama and daddy posted today. Blake and Libby are standing firm on God's truth and promises. They know that while they grieve, they grieve with HOPE.
Last week we were studying 1 Thessalonians in BSF. I was really struck by this passage describing the Lord's return...
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
My BSF notes said, "Far from being deprived of this experience, those who have died in Christ will be the first to enjoy it, for they are already fully alive and conscious in Him." Even though I know that Cora is in the arms of Jesus, alive and healed, so often when I am talking about her it is in the context of death. I loved thinking of Cora as fully alive and conscious in Him. How incredibly awesome. And I can't tell you how much I long for the day when I will be united with Cora and meet the Lord in the air. We will be together, forever with the Lord. I have tears streaming down my face just thinking about it. And I can imagine that the Pearson's have a new longing for the day when they too will be united with sweet Paxten and spend eternity with the Lord. A day when there is no more pain or sorrow. What a glorious day that will be!
Please take a minute right now and pray for the Pearsons. And continue to pray for this family as the Lord brings them to mind. They have a long road ahead of them as they move forward without Paxten in their arms. I am so thankful that Paxten is in the arms of Jesus. What an impact this little girl has had, and will continue to have because of the testimony of her parents, for His Kingdom. And I am so thankful that her parents can cling to Jesus when their world feels like it has come crashing down...when their hearts are full of sorrow as they desperately miss their precious baby girl.
Sending much love and prayers to the Pearsons!