Amy Brink (Ann Arbor, MI)

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“The most significant and painful moment of 2018 for me was finding out that my dad has aggressive brain cancer. At times I can’t quite bring myself to process what is to come, but somehow the Lord is working something in me that would probably remain untouched in a better season. I find myself reflecting far more often on life, purpose, legacy, and eternity. My mind frequently wanders to the mystery of heaven. What will it be like to behold the face of God for the first time? Isn’t that what this season of Advent is meant for? A time to grow in longing for the kingdom to come, a restless waiting for Christ’s return. Even as I grieve about my dad’s situation, I can rejoice for ‘I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will reign on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)”