It seems fitting today to share this knowing that many others may need the encouragement and comforted of these "apples of gold in pictures of silver."
"With tear-filled eyes, let me welcome you, my dear younger brother and sister, into the fellowship of those who know what it is to grieve, to suffer from loss, and at the same moment be filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory by His grace. This is a place on the pilgrim pathway that all who desire to know Him and the fellowship of His sufferings eventually come, some early, some later, but always inevitably. It is a place of fire, a place of refinement for future service. No one ever chooses sorrow, but He is the Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and sometime years ago, clearly you and Sarah both began to long to be like Him. He is fulfilling your desire, though at a great price, and in a manner incomprehensible, almost unthinkable, but pure and perfect.
You have been on my mind constantly and in my prayers. May all the grace and peace that can be known be known by you today, tomorrow, and in the days to come."