Little Katelyn's mother's words ring in my ears today. "She was given to us for a reason. God has a purpose for her life." What faith, what trust that God knows what He is doing even in the midst of struggles, tears, and mourning hearts. Our earthly hearts cannot fathom the depths of love that God pours onto His children. All we see is the here and now. We are people of feeling, taste, and touch. Yet, the family continues to trust the Lord and believe all things work together for good. I was listening to my mp3 player all day today, feeling like I needed some good music to encourage my heart. The words to this song came up, one I had not heard in so long. I searched it on the web and could not even find the lyrics anywhere. So, I quickly jotted down the words and wanted to share them with you.
When you cross that river Jordan,
When you enter the Promised Land
You’ll find peace that passes understanding
You’ll find rest in the Father’s hands.
Do not tarry when you cross that river,
Do not wait for me to reach that distant shore,
Someday I’ll follow your path down to the river,
Then I’ll be with you forevermore.
When Jesus calls your footsteps homeward
Rest assured I’ll not be far behind
So keep your eyes upon the gates of glory
And keep your heart full and love you will find.
Here is my own poem I wrote to help my heart too:
She's in the arms of Jesus,
Laughing, singing, praising.
Her legs are walking,
With muscles quite strong,
Her hands, I'm sure, she's raising.
Our God knows what He's doing,
Though earthly wisdom flees.
Her short life had a purpose,
Of that we can be sure.
God sent this angel for a reason,
Her mother's words ring clear.
Comfort our hearts, oh Lord, we pray,
As we remember her face so dear.
Dear Jesus, please help this family who needs You to hold them close. Surround them with your love and make Yourself real to them. Comfort their hurting hearts and let them see the sunshine through the clouds. In Your precious Name, Amen.