Comfort in God's promises
There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray,
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow,
No trouble I see,
There will be peace in the valley for me...
--Thomas A. Dorsey (1899-1993)
My father has been on my mind this Easter, as he always is at this time of year. He loved Gospel music, so I chose the song lyrics above with him in mind.
Daddy went to eternity with the Lord on April 3, 1996. We buried him on Saturday, April 6, and the next day was Easter. The scriptures of that Resurrection Sunday pierced to the heart: "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (I Corinthians 15:55)
On that intensely bittersweet Easter morning, we didn't know that we would lose my oldest nephew and my mother in the next 14 months. God in his mercy spares us the knowledge of what our futures hold. I was sustained during that dark period of my life by prayer and by the Biblical promises of heaven and eternal life for those who have a true, heartfelt trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.