How different four days can be. On Friday we had the news that our dear friend Karena Mackay had gone to be with her Saviour, Jesus. We know that she has gone to a better place and that we will see her again in glory, but that still did not take away that immediate feeling of mourning; that churn that happens in your stomach and the tears that follow swiftly afterwards. B and I continued our evening, dwelling on fond memories of our friend.
Contrasting that has been the joy of celebrating Rachel's first birthday. We did this by visiting family on Saturday and then enjoyed swimming and a birthday tea yesterday on her actual birthday. She had a great time and was so excited that she forgot that sleep in the afternoon is a good thing!!!
It's been one of those weekends where we have understood and have carried out to a certain extent that which Paul writes in Romans 12:15:
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."
I pray that my daughter will grow to be a mighty woman of God and declare Jesus with as much commitment and love as Karena did during her life. I also pray that she would know that same assurance that Karena knew as she went off to be with Jesus.
These past four days have been about two people who have changed my life, both for very different reasons and for both of them I am truly thankful.