Our God would not allow this terrible pain unless he had a very, very good reason. I trust Him for that. There is nothing else.
I trust Him because He is good and because He does what He says He will do. He is real, and He sees our pain.
We follow Him, not because he spares us from heartache (because He has not); nor because of anything He gives us or does for us. We follow Him because He is Almighty God who loves us. He knows what He is doing. We trust Him.
We know the host of Heaven rejoices and God is glorified when we praise him in the midst of devastating loss.
Father, glorify thy name.
-Excerpt from my book Never Ceasing: God’s Faithfulness in Grief