The bible talks about a peace that transcends all understanding. It cannot be explained or achieved by our own will. It involves total reliance and surrender - trusting God above any and all circumstances.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Three years ago, I was deeply inspired by the Watters' story at a Creative Memories convention (click HERE for details) and have been following their journey ever since. Sadly, Victor passed away on Wednesday. While you will see a family mourning the loss of their beloved 14-year old son, the peace is unmistakable as you read through their most recent journal entries. (You can click HERE for their Caringbridge site.) You will also find a powerfully moving article HERE that was featured in today's Pioneer Press.
Their story - Victor's life - is a beautiful reflection of the love of God. You cannot help but be touched by it.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8