I can think of no better note on which to end this month of thankfulness. A few weeks ago in the middle of my Bible Study Fellowship lecture I was reminded of this verse:
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten..." (Joel 2:25)
I scrawled the verse on my notebook page, and underneath it in bold letters with my turquoise Papermate pen, I wrote, "HE WILL RESTORE." Tears came into my eyes as I thought of our lives, the lives of so many close friends, filled with so much beauty and so much loss. And so much hope. God will restore.
I practically burst into tears right there in the bathtub. My thankfulness posts are now all overlapping and intertwining, and I see how God weaves these beautiful stories. I'd miss them if I didn't practice thankfulness, taking the time to write it down and see how it all connects.
My little family, we've lost much - more than is appropriate to share here in this public space. But we will - and already have - receive back for what we've lost. It might not be in the way we've pictured, but it will be good. The details don't really matter, because what I want to communicate today to each and every person who reads this is that He will restore. And that's the best possible news I can think of at this very moment.