Remember this.

Driving to church Sunday I was filled with strong emotion for a very dear family and I heard the Lord whisper.

“Remember that day, but also remember this.”

Knowing that one year ago a young life ended tragically my mind was with a special family. My heart was in a posture of prayer. Be comfort. Be peace. Be strength.

Gently God reminded me, “I Am”.

“Remember that day. The day that Leslie was taken away from earth so suddenly, but also remember she’s having the best Christmas ever!”

Remember that day, but also remember the three who came to know Me personally at her funeral.

Remember that day, but also remember the many that have asked about Me constantly since.

Remember that day, but also remember Me and all that I have done and will do! Remember what you ask me to be, I AM.

I am comfort.

I am peace.

I am strength.

All that you ask, I Am.

Some days remain in our memories, in our hearts, in our minds. They bring a fury of emotion. They hurt. We remember.

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Just now while I am remembering the birth of Christ I simultaneously recall His death.

Joy and pain, they collide.

Remember. But remember the sum total. The pain and the joy.

Trust the work of the cross. Trust the hope that follows.

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5

Remember that day but also remember the day will come that we will all rejoice together and many will be in attendance because Leslie’s light is still aglow.

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Many of you are remembering loved ones taken far too early. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your families. We trust the One who can be your comfort, your peace and your strength and we are asking Him to be your All this Christmas!

Merry Christmas,

Jodie