|Helen knew love and heartache. Her beloved husband died when he was only 35. Disease? Tragic accident? We don’t know. But Helen stood right there and buried his body, still in its prime. She walked on for 30 more years, apparently never remarried, and then joined him here. I’m assuming the epitaph is hers. She had known all that this world gives – the goodness and the pain - and had come to this simple and profound conclusion: nothing satisfies but Jesus. It is so intensely true.
It’s good to live a life that way. It allows you to enjoy the blessings without being greedy for them and suffer the losses without being overwhelmed. The gifts are good but they aren’t our life, and they don’t ultimately satisfy. Not love, not sex, not money, not fame, not whatever dream you have set your heart upon. Only Jesus can quench the thirst of a human soul. Only Jesus, in all his beauty and love and patience and grace and power and glory can give joy to a grieving heart and strength to a weary soul and eternal life to those who must die. And He does. Oh, yes, He does!