New International Version (NIV)
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain,for the old order of things has passed away.”
My sweet, five year old daughter experienced death for the first time today. That’s why I’m writing this …. right now.
This morning we got the news that my in-law’s dog, Champ, had passed away. Tony and I were waiting until this afternoon to let Trinity know.
I had just started dating Tony when his parent’s got Champ. Champ quickly became a part of the family. When I was pregnant with Trinity, champ knew. He would climb onto the couch beside me and lay his head as close as he could to my belly. He loved her and she loved him.
As Trinity grew she looked at Champ as a little brother. In fact, she would call him her little brother and they would pick with each other just like brother and sister.
Over the past few months Champ started to experience a lack of oxygen to his brain. I’m unsure of all the medical details – but he would pass out frequently because he wasn’t getting enough oxygen. This morning Champ took his final breath in my father-in-law’s arms. Champ is now at rest.
This evening I was standing in the kitchen making icing when I heard Trinity explode into tears. It was a cry that I had never heard from her before. She was grieving. Her daddy had her in his arms and was trying his hardest to comfort her. My heart broke and the tears started to flood our home.
Death leaves a hole in you. My daughter has now experienced that hole. Unfortunately, the first of many heartbreaks.
So, tonight I sit here and think. I feel the hole in me… actually multiple holes that people/animals once filled. I can only find hope in knowing that one day death will be swallowed up and I’ll get to meet my Heavenly Father face to face. I pray that my dear, Trinity, clings to Jesus more and more as she grows. I pray that she trusts Him and the Word of God for comfort when she faces heartbreak. I pray that she listens closely to the Holy Spirit speaking to her heart and bringing peace that passes all understanding.
He will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
I can’t wait!