Joy Comes in the Mourning

Posted on November 2, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:”

“A time to be born and a time to die.”

“A time to weep and a time to laugh.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4

My family and I have experienced the full circle of these verses this year. In January, we lost a very special man: my Grandpa, Lewis Dean Sinift. Without him, we were left with a huge whole in our hearts and our lives. Our mourning had actually begun a year or more before as we saw him fading. We were losing him little by little. Like pulling off a band aide slowly. And it hurt. It still hurts. I think of my Grandpa every day and will miss him for the rest of my life. But God is so faithful. The day my Grandpa died, my sister, Natalie, heard the heartbeat of her son, Jevan Lewis, for the very first time. Jevan was born on August 19th and oh how much joy he has brought us! God entered us into a a season of laughter and rejoicing.

But He gave us even more than that. He doubled our joys. In September, when Jevan was only a little over 2 weeks old, my brother, Andrew married the most wonderful woman, Amanda. Seeing them so happy, celebrating with them as they started their lives together, and getting to welcome Amanda into our family, increased our joy even more.

Andrew was appointed pastor of a church shortly after the wedding and he and Amanda have began their ministry there. I know great things are about to happen. And Jevan is now 2 months old and bursting with smiles! What a joyous holiday season it will be beginning new traditions with him!

Thank you, Jesus, for bringing beauty from ashes and giving us joy when there has been so much sorrow!

Grandpa, you would be so proud! We miss you and I promise we will tell Jevan all about you and I know he will do your name proud!



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Beautifully said. God heals our hurts through our children.

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