We found out on Tuesday, that a young man that we knew went home to be with his Lord. This been heavy on our hearts this week. I had trouble sleeping on Tuesday night. I just wanted to lie awake and appreciate the fact that my husband was there next to me.
Thinking about Dan, and his battle with cancer, as well as his strong testimony for the Lord, brought the book Ester Reid by Isabella Alden to mind. In this book, Ester's cousin loses her fiance the night before her wedding. Ester, who struggles with her faith, and joy in the Lord, is deeply moved by the grace that her cousin Abby displays in the wake of this tragedy.
"Oh Abbie, Abbie, how can you bear it -- how can you live?" burst forth from the heart of this friend who had come to comfort this afflicted one.
There was a little bit of silence now, and a touching tremble to the voice when it was heard again.
"'The Lord knoweth them that are his.' I try to remember that. Christ knows it all, and he is all-powerful; and yet he leads me through this dark road; therefore it must be right."
"But, " said Ester, raising her eyes and staying her tears for very amazement, "I do not understand -- I do not see. How can you be so calm, so submissive, at least just now -- so soon when you were to have been married today?"
The blood rolled in great purple waves over neck and cheek and brow, and then receded, leaving a strange, almost death-like, pallor behind it. The small hands were tightly clasped, with a strange mixture of pain and devotion in the movement, and the white lips moved for a moment forming words that met no mortal ear -- then the sweet, low, tender, voice sounded again.