This is a long sorrow. But as Piper puts it, can be a long and bittersweet road with the loving Father.

St. Louis, Spring 2013

“When we taste the loss so deeply because we loved so deeply and treasured God’s gift [of Jackson]— and God in his gift [of Jackson]— so passionately that the loss cuts the deeper and the longer, and yet in and through the depths and the lengths of sorrow we never let go of God, and feel him never letting go of us — in that longer sorrow he is also greatly honored, because the length of it reveals the magnitude of our sense of loss for which we do not forsake God. At every moment of the lengthening grief, we turn to him not away from him. And therefore the length of it is a way of showing him to be ever-present, enduringly sufficient.” – John Piper blog 12/2013. Thanks, Jodi, for sending this to me.