One year ago today I lost my grandmother, Elsie Knighton, the single most influential woman in my life. And if you knew the incredible women, beginning with my mom, that God has surrounded me with, you would understand just how significant that statement really is.

In all honesty, I’ve dreaded this day — but when I woke up, this verse quickened my heart:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Cor. 2:9

I feel saddened by the loss, but the fact of the matter is she’s not saddened at all… today or any day. She is in the very presence of the One whom she loved and raised her children and grandchildren to love.

I do admit that I always selfishly hoped no one I loved would die near Christmas because I didn’t want the season to be tinged with sadness. And yet, there really is no better season to be reminded of the true HOPE that exists because of Christ’s willingness to dwell among us.

And for that, and so much more, I rejoice.

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