You Win Some and You Lose Some, and in the End…

It’s all GOOD.

We had a wedding this past weekend.  There were flowers. (Thank you, Casey.)

There was exhaustion, too.

There was quiet moment when the groom, newly-graduated with his music degree, played the bridal procession he had written especially for his bride.  Oh, what a glimpse of how Jesus loves His…

There was family.  Four of my sons are in this photo.  The other pronounced them husband and wife.

There was a lovely and fun reception, that flowed seemingly stress-free.

There was dancing.  First, the bride and groom to “Sentimental Reasons”, by Nat King Cole.

And then everyone, to Aretha demanding a little RESPECT.

Not to mention an enchanting variety of music on a playlist the groom put together personally.

And, there were goodbyes, as the bubbles floated away, and as the bride and groom flew off to a cabin in the snow.  (She told the Husband, “Goodbye, Daddy,” when he’s really just an in-law.  ♥)

Life is like that sometimes.  We start new, and we say goodbye.  Life and death, all on one platter.

On the very same day as the wedding, January 7, 2012, my former-classmate passed quietly from this life at the age of 52, surrounded by loved ones.  She was a victim of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  She spent the last months with a healthy mind trapped in a paralyzed body.  In the end, only her eyes could move, and only just a little.

As I said in my previous post, I don’t ask the hard questions anymore.  This strategy helps me to keep my sanity.  I simply stand on what I know, which is precious little:

  • God is real.
  • He is good.
  • He loves us.
  • He has a plan.
  • And I can trust Him.

And that’s enough for me, especially the He-loves-me part.  I had to fight an epic, post-salvation tug-of-war before I was able to say that.  But now that I can, I’m free.

To quote my favorite blogger, “His Love is the only thing that changes any of us and living loved–wouldn’t this change everything?”

It did for me.  And that’s how I can say that no matter what, it’s all (life, death, and everything in between)…GOOD.

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