Journal entry by Trish Richhart

Photos like this one regularly show up in my Facebook memories and Prime Photo memories.  Today, I looked at this one and it just seemed so surreal.  As I go about my busy day tending to kids and managing the home, just as I have done for much of my adult life, the memory of this moment reminds me that for three years there was a pause to this normal.  It was a time when the mundane became a struggle as everything was put on hold to care for this dear boy with cancer and hold our family together through it.  It almost feels like a dream.  Except the boy is gone and I am left with just these memories.  There is not a day that goes by that Samuel does not come to mind, but I wish I could be telling him to brush his teeth and pick up his mess and all the other motherly things I still do with his siblings.  This morning during our family devotions we were reading about John's Revelation of the end of time in the Jesus Storybook Bible.  It is a time when "God will make all the wrong things come UNtrue." I am anxious for that day when our whole family will once again be reunited and there will be no more death, or sickness, or tears.  Until then, I will put one foot in front if the other and continue to trust in God's good promises.
Still trusting in His mighty hand,
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 NIV
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