Leap for Joy

Fluffy clounds reflect a heavenly glow
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.—ISAIAH 35:5–6 ESV

Maybe a caregiver’s loved one isn’t blind or deaf. Maybe leaping like a deer isn’t in order. But caregivers relate to these verses. Someday, this one who hurts will open their eyes in heaven, hear the heavenly chorus, and jump for joy. The hurts and pains of this world will be completely gone.

Yet we cling to life for our loved ones: We provide care and love on the home front…doctors fight valiantly to stave off disease…home-care workers comfort and prolong life. Those things are right and good.

But a time comes when, despite all our love and care, God calls the person home. Life on this Earth ends.

We’ll miss our loved ones, but we can still thank God. They are with Him, delighting in heaven. Someday, as God wills it, we will see them again.

That’s something to leap for joy about.

Today's Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for the joy You give when we know You—especially in eternity.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts