“I will instruct you and show you the way to go;Psalm 32:8
with My eye on you, I will give counsel.”
“May the Lord direct your hearts to God’s love and Christ’s endurance.”2 Thessalonians 3:5
“But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. Have mercy on those who doubt;”Jude 1:20-22
For the last nine months, my husband, Eric, and I have been working on his parents’ estates, including preparing to sell the family home. Yesterday, the house went on the market, and today was the open house.
It has been a bittersweet process. We know his parents are in their heavenly home and no longer need this earthly dwelling. Yet, we will experience another goodbye.
Eric grew up in this home, making memories with family and friends.
Taco and pizza nights on newspaper blankets while watching TV.
Holiday and birthday celebrations.
Time spent getting to know my future in-laws.
Now, the home sits empty. We’ve kept the irreplaceable photos and documents, along with some cherished family Bibles, and a few other possessions. But the remainder of items have been sold or donated. The clean up work is done.
Though we will always have memories of this home, we are now praying for the next family who will begin making a life there. They may keep some of the home’s old character while adding updates and personal touches to make the home uniquely theirs. They will enjoy the spacious views from the back windows and snuggle together in the living room for movies and popcorn. They will take walks and meet the neighbors.
We hope that someday we will be invited in to see how the home has changed and meet the new owners. But for now, we will pray for them and move on.
Thank You for being with us during times of change. Thank You for loving us and helping us to navigate times of hope and loss. Please help us to see the beauty in the future. Though things change, You do not! Your love is with us through it all! Please bless those that follow behind us; give them peace and love as they navigate a new beginning. Help us to remember the past blessings, but look to the future to find what You have for us there.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Journal: What changes have you experienced? What changes are coming soon? Ask the Lord for His guidance and love to see you through.