As many of you reading this know already, we have lost 3 close family members this year, as well as had much confusion over the direction God is leading us in. Earlier this year, my older brother died from a drug overdose (we still don't really know what exactly happened), then my mom was shot and killed by her boyfriend at the beginning of August, not long after we had returned from Thailand. Then, after having moved out to Seattle, WA, my close aunt died, and we came back to Tennessee because I could not emotionally handle the transition to a new place with all the death happening so close to me.
What is God doing? That's a big question on my heart right now. Obviously, he has a reason for letting so much happen in such a condensed amount of time. Maybe he will reveal it to us, maybe he won't. Either way, we are going to keep doing what we have always striven to do: love God and love our neighbors.
That's the good life. Hard times will come. Hard times will pass. Easy seasons will come, and they will pass too. Through it all, as the old hymn goes, "it is well with our souls" because the tomb is empty, the Holy Spirit lives within us, and we know how the story ends.