If you have read this blog at all you know the "end" of Grace's story. The cancer physically took her away from us. We have been left reeling in pain while trying to figure out how to keep living this life that used to be so full of her that her absence is beyond profound silence. How do we keep going? We breathe because God gives us breath. We take another step forward because there is still a road to walk on. We find hope in eternity because we believe God's promise of it in his word is true and Grace's experiences of touching heaven are undeniable.
Yesterday we received a beautiful gift in the mail. Thank you to my CBC friends! It's the likeness of Grace on a Palamino horse flying amongst rainbows. Is it an actual glimpse of heaven? Maybe. Maybe not. The bible does reference amazing colors in heaven though, rainbow like in description, and horses too. In any case it gives me great peace to see my girl with some of the things she loved most here. I wanted to share it with you.
More than anything
in this life I pray
that Grace's story will give people
a longing for heaven
that they cannot explain.
That somehow her spiritual strength and living with joy even though such difficult circumstances will give you encouragement in your daily struggles and hope in an eternity that is yours for the asking. Her story is not over... it has just begun. Beyond Chapter one, beyond her final breath here, is her truest beginning.