Peace.

2011 was quite the rollercoaster year.

Among the high parts, I married my best friend and we’ve had a blast as newlyweds. Our sweet new house is filled with laughter and love everyday.   We had our beach wedding, another week on the beach in the fall, and many other fun adventures.  There have been many, many more happy memories made this year as well that I’ve spilled on here.

However, 2011 also brought something that I hadn’t experience in many years in this way: peace.

Now, let me explain.

Yes, I’ve had peace many times the past few years- peace about my faith, peace about the one I was going to marry, peace about my career, and many other decisions that have impacted my life.

Yet it doesn’t come close to the peace that is experienced after a particular life event: death.

I began 2011 with two grandparents still living.  I am ending the year with zero left living on this Earth. Without going into too much detail, both of my grandmothers passed away somewhat abruptly.  My Dad’s mother was very elderly and had been sick off and on for the past few years, but she just happened to pass in her sleep this past August.

My Mom’s mother passed away Christmas Eve.  She went into a surgery that she was expected to wake up from and begin a long recovery, but she never woke up.  Nobody, including her doctors, her family, or herself thought that would be the outcome.

God did though.

When they died,  I cried a lot of tears (Brett has seen my ugly cry too many times in our young marriage already).  I was sad.  I was hurt. I was upset.

But I had peace.

Both of my grandmothers were born-again Christians.  They didn’t practice religion. They experienced a relationship.  A relationship with the Son of God: Jesus Christ.  They have set wonderful examples to me to be a Godly woman, and not just on Sundays. Through their lives, they were servants of God everyday.

But…

While they were good people, that didn’t get them to Heaven.  While they went to church regularly, that didn’t get them to Heaven.  While they believed in God, that didn’t get them to Heaven. Their decision to make Jesus the Lord of their lives to serve Him did.   I have such peace knowing that I will see them again. I’ll miss them here, but it’s temporary.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

You can have something that money can’t buy and Jesus already paid for you:

Peace.

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One night last week I couldn’t sleep, so I listened to my iPod on shuffle… and this song came on.  I had my grandmother & family on my mind and God knew it was what I needed to hear. Maybe you do too.

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