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Looking back over year's journey


October 20, 2017

Wednesday marked one year since our son John Scott went home to be with the Lord. The anticipation of this milestone has weighed heavily on our hearts and minds the whole month of October. Yet, there must be something to be learned from all sadness and sorrow that is with us each day.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Christian theologian, wrote this powerful statement: “There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.”

Our journey in regard to John Scott’s health was surely unknown and, for that matter, not anticipated. In fact, we expected the end would be his healing here on Earth. But that was not the outcome.

I thought this week when I read Bonhoeffer’s quote: What has been the meaning of our journey this past year? I am not sure that I will ever know the meaning of it until I meet the Lord face to face. But the realization of some truths has been made clear to us throughout this whole heart-rending experience.

For one, we know with certainty John Scott is with Jesus. That assurance undeniably undergirds us each day and helps us cope with the temporary loss of our boy. We know we will see John Scott again. In John 11:26, Jesus told Martha: “Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.”

Further, Jesus is preparing a place for us and we will be with him: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3)

Paul said that Jesus has taken the “sting away from death.” (1 Corinthians 15: 55) and more so, Christ has won the “victory over the grave.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Now our hearts yearn for heaven. We know that today John Scott is perfectly healthy and very much alive in our hearts and memories but, even more wonderful, fully alive in heaven. He is in perfect health because the health issues that plagued him here on this Earth are no more. We know that we will be together because we trust God and his plan for our lives.

Two, we have found that Christ is enough, even in our deep and painful sorrow. We can testify that Jesus has faithfully been our Comforter. We have felt the prayers of those we love, those friends who have prayed for us and scores of people who we do not even know who have prayed for us. They have all have lifted our sorrow to the Lord.

We say with the Apostle Paul: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.” (2 Corinthians 3:-4a).

Three, we have had so many opportunities to reach out to others who have gone through a difficult loss this past year. We have encountered many hurting people, and the experience to share God’s love and comfort with them has been a tremendous blessing to us. We know now what Paul wrote is true: “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 2:1-4)

So what is the meaning of our journey over this last year as we have grieved over the home going of John Scott? Our family has had two choices: to come through this with a bitter outlook on life or to recognize the goodness of the Lord in all of this, even when we do not understand his ways. We are thankful for the goodness of the Lord.

Judy Brandon writes about faith for The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact her at:


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