When You're Heartbroken and Afflicted

Friends, I lost a dear friend to cancer today. A friend who is my age, a friend I've known since high school, a friend who lives in my neighborhood, a friend who's children are in class with my kids. My head knows that there is no greater place to be than in the arms of the Lord, but my heart misses her and aches for her family.

Whether it's cancer or criticism....slander or suffering...it's not wasted, John Piper reminds us here...

...our afflictions are producing in us a weight of glory yet unseen. 

When you know not what else to do...ache, sob, press in, and praise Him.

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