Nate & I really felt we needed to clear our schedule for some much needed time together and one important visit to the University of Iowa Hospital ICU to visit the Thompson-Casteel family. A simple call to check-in revealed that they'd just been called to the hospital to receive difficult news. Later standing on the fringes I was angry at the fragility of life. However, I did marvel at God's timing, being sent to comfort during the worst of the worst. To be a part of His loving plan is part of the deep comfort He offers his children, that plus unconditional love, forgiveness and the promise of eternity without pain, fear or heartache.
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9