O Death, Where is Thy Victory?
This little girl died while I was writing this post. She was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia (bone marrow failure) approximately two years ago, and has been receiving blood transfusions since that original diagnosis. On Friday, she complained of a headache, and was taken to the hospital. Last night (Saturday), they performed emergency surgery to relieve pressure in her brain caused by a spontaneous bleed. Doctors were very optimistic and she was recovering. But something went wrong, and she has died.
My church of 800 people held three services of corporate prayer for this little girl and her family this morning and another one tonight. She was stable during the 8am service, then degraded by the 9:30am service to where she had no brainwave activity, and went into glory during the evening service. A six year old girl, with two loving parents and two little sisters, taken by the Lord. She completed His mission upon the earth, and now she is in glory. Two and a half weeks ago, she sat down with her father and professed her faith in Christ. Praise God for that conversation, that her parents would have the assurance and joy of knowing their little girl is in heaven. And praise God for a church like Placerita Baptist which cares about every single attender. To read her story, click here.
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but he Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.