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A Milestone:  100 Months


Today, (April 19) marks 100 months since we lost our precious daughter, Brianna.  Mercifully the Lord hid the time element from us, how long these parents would endure the grief and suffering as a result of the loss of our only child.  The early years were by far the hardest. We are thankful she didn’t have to experience COVID, or those hardships coming on the world in this last generation which we are all beginning to experience.

100 Months computes to more than 434 weeks (434.8214 to be more accurate) or almost 3,044 days. Yet, a day does not pass, that we do not think about her. Many “what ifs…” have gone through our minds over the years, but the closer we come to that great reunion day, the more confidence we have that God can be trusted even in the most horrendous tragedies that come to human beings. As the old hymn goes, “the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

Who wants to live in this world any longer? Who desires to live in a world unraveling before our eyes? There are some who believe the very existence of humanity is being threatened with a ‘take over’ by A.I. (artificial intelligence), possibly even annihilation. Without the hope of the Second Coming and belief that Divine Providence will not permit the evil genius of man to succeed, this would appear a very ominous threat. Is there not a passage in the Good Book that says referring to this final generation, “men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth”? But God’s word assures us that the Most High will be with His people till the end of time. He will intervene to fulfill His prophetic word which predicts a final deliverance of all who put their trust in Him.

So though a 100 months have elapsed since that fateful day, we recognize it as a time marker—pausing long enough to consider:  where we’ve come from, what we’ve learned through the process, and where our hopes are centered for the future.

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We thank each of you for your thoughts and prayers over these eight plus years. We really appreciate all the support in every way. We all understand pain—mentally, physically, emotionally; some have the “unwelcome privilege” of suffering at much deeper levels of grief than others. We don’t know, we don’t have the answers why?But the good news is we have One who understands and is working to do all according to His divine plan, for all who will have their eternal existence secure. In closing, may you contemplate these words, that they bring hope and encouragement to you.


“God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him… “Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Philippians 1:29. And of all the gifts that Heaven can bestow upon men, fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor.”               {Desire of Ages 224-5}

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