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Dad, hold my hand…

hand reaching out to sky

We are never guaranteed a life without loss. In fact, we’re not even guaranteed tomorrow.

Not very encouraging, right? But read on…

We’ve probably all felt some type of loss from an early age. Your best friend from 2nd grade moves away. You lost your favorite toy. Your Dad …or Mom leaves because of divorce. You hurt a friend, and they wouldn’t forgive you. You have to move and leave all your friends. You lost a grandparent. You lost a parent. Maybe a young friend died.

This is what my kids are going through right now. A young, vibrant 15-year-old friend passed away yesterday from a brain aneurysm. It was sudden. It was unexpected. It’s a devastating loss…to many.

lauren leone pic

We all wonder, why does God choose to take away the young…the defenseless…the innocent?

I wish I had an answer. I wish HE would give us an answer.

But He doesn’t. He’s quiet. Sometimes He doesn’t give us answers. But His word says … TRUST ME.

Do we? And WHY do we? Because we KNOW… beyond a shadow of a doubt where our young friend is — Heaven. It’s FAITH.

Lauren is meeting the people she learned about through years of sunday school…because her parents taught her…because she read His Word and hid it in her heart.

She’s dancing with Jesus. Her FAITH has now been made SIGHT.

This faith, this hope of Heaven — it’s not some magical thinking. It’s truth. It’s His promise to us. Our crown of glory after enduring the pain of earthly trials, staying faithful to Him and boldly telling others about his gift of salvation.

When we make the choice to ask Jesus into our lives and take control, we are promised the future of ETERNITY with Him. This surrender is not an easy path. We are not guaranteed happiness all the days of our lives. We don’t get some “free ticket” to live our life free of pain and problems.

But there is a JOY. A deep joy. An unexplainable peace through the messes. An anchoring peace.

BUT… we have been bought with a price —  Jesus’ blood. We are a precious jewel, the apple of His eye. When we hurt, He hurts. He knows. It has all sifted through His hands. Let that be a comfort to you…to us all. He is sovereign.

There is purpose in our losses…a purpose in our pain. Instead of staying stuck in our grief (which we MUST go through) at some point, we must move on to striving for the PURPOSE in our loss, in our pain. I guarantee you’ll find it. Somehow, and in some way.

We all have a purpose. So did 15-year-old Lauren. She touched many lives, in ways she never knew. Now, I believe our Jesus is showing her. What a gift.

The last verse precious Lauren left on her Facebook was 2 Corinthians 12:9 — “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 

Power in Weakness for Lauren

His grace WAS sufficient for Lauren. His POWER rested in, on and through her. And HE is now holding her hand. Her young, spirited legacy will live on.

The last thing Lauren said was “Dad, hold my hand.”

Will you ask Him –your Abba Daddy–to hold yours?


  1. Beautifully written in such truth, Julie. Thank you.

  2. A wonderful testament to beautiful girl and great God who loves us more than we can know.

  3. Reblogged this on Navigating by Faith and commented:
    This a 15 year old girl, a daughter, a sister, a friend of my son’s, slipped out of a coma into the hands of God our Father. Many, many people were praying for her and her family. We rejoice for Lauren, who is home with her heavenly Father, and we grieve with her family and friends who already miss her terribly. Hug your children, brothers, sisters and friends today. Hold hands and know that this is not all there is. We have home where there are no tears waiting for us.. Meanwhile, love God, love your family and love your neighbor.

  4. Christineleone6@gmail.com

    February 4, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Oh Julie, I’m so moved!

  5. WOW!!! Amen Julie!! This is so eloquently said.

  6. Very well said Julie. Insightful. Sad and beautiful and hopeful. Love you dear Sister.

  7. Beautiful truth, His grace unending.

  8. Beautiful, true and very touching. Praying for all.

  9. Beautiful…<3

  10. wow, your words have left me speechless. Love you heart! Miss you

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