“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9
This Scripture has been a rock for me in the most difficult and darkest days of my life. Today I hold it closely. Death has a way of distilling our lives down to the very core. We find out what we really believe and what is the true substance of our identity.
This past Wednesday, my sweet daughter Anna Nicole left this world and entered another. She was on Earth outside the womb for only 13 minutes. I won’t see her again in this lifetime. If that was all there is to the matter, I have no hope. That is absolutely devastating. If we have hope in this life only, we are to be pitied above all people.
But this world is not all there is. Jesus Christ conquered death. My sin has been washed by the blood of the Lamb. I will be with Christ. And I believe that I will see my daughter again. Because He lives, she also lives. That is the hope of the gospel.
This blog was started to talk about a hope that informs all of our life on Earth. ‘Homemaking in Heaven’ is about an eternal reality that then dictates everything that we think and do right here and now. We are not about making our home here. We are about preparing for the eternity we will spend with Jesus Christ.
We started this blog before we found out about Anna Nicole. The greatest trial we have ever faced was unknown to us at that time. But here in the middle of the valley, I cling to that hope. Jesus Christ is our anchor right now. He lives. And we will see His face.
Life is hard and heartbreaking. We grieve and mourn the loss of a beloved child. Tears and pain are present continually. But we are not uninformed about death. We do not grieve as those who have no hope. We look to Jesus. He is our living hope.