This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to visit a rather large church where we set up a table with information about While We're Waiting and handed out brochures to those who were interested in learning more about the ministry. We spent some time visiting with one of the pastors of this church who had lost his wife to cancer several years ago.
This gentleman was very interested in While We're Waiting and the fact that its outreach is specifically to parents who have lost children, unlike other grief ministries which are more broadly focused, addressing all types of loss equally.
He said that, in his opinion, the loss of a child is a unique type of loss ... something different from any other ... and, as such, it needs to be addressed differently. Which, of course, is exactly the need that While We're Waiting is seeking to meet.
Then he went on to say something that really struck me. He said, "In fact, the bond between a parent and child is so strong, that is why I believe God chose to use that relationship to demonstrate His love for us. When He gave up His own Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins, He was showing the highest form of love."
It's worth saying again ... The bond between a parent and child is so strong, that is why God chose to use that relationship to demonstrate the magnitude of His love for us. When He gave up His own Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to redeem us from our sin, He was illustrating the highest form of love.
Honestly, I had never thought about it in that way before. But, wow, does it make God's gift of His Son just that much more meaningful. And it makes me that much more grateful!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16