Looking through the horrible

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It almost feels as if our life started over when Mom and Dad died.
A reset button was pushed, everything changed and all of a sudden our life was so different.

I used to describe it as horrible.

But I think I’m slowly moving past the horrible. Perhaps not moving past it.
I don’t know that I’ll ever be past it this side of heaven.
Perhaps it’s more that I’m looking through it.

Because the horrible does have its purpose.
Without it we wouldn’t be able to look through it and see the good.

When we stood on the banks of the Missouri River on June 12, 2012, looking out at the boat that still held our parent’s lifeless bodies, not in a million years would I have said that any good could have come from their death.

But if we look carefully through the horrible, the good is there.

The good of relationships strengthened and healed.

The good of more cherished time with family and friends.

The good of new relationships with the Lord.

The good of healing from addictions.

The good of God continuing to work through the legacy of Mom and Dad.

All of it, and more, being brought about because of the horrible.

Do you have a horrible that you are facing today?
I think most, if not all of us, can say that we do.

But I also believe that in every horrible we face, God can bring about good.

Good in ways and people and things that we’d least expect.

It doesn’t erase the grief or pain or longing.
It doesn’t even necessarily make the horrible less horrible.

But it does help me focus less on the horrible.

My prayer for you today is that whatever horrible you are facing, that you can look through it and see the good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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