Peter's life ends in Rome, where it is said that he was imprisoned for for nine months, in absolute darkness, he endured torture tied to a post. In spite of all the suffering Peter was subjected to he converted his two of his jailers, and forty-seven others.
The Roman Emperor Nero, the enemy of God went on a mission to slaughter the apostles. Because of this mission, Peter was crucified upside down while in Rome.
During the last hours of his life, it is said that Peter, saw his own wife being carried away to her unimaginable pain staking death, he rejoiced because he knew then she would be reunited with him. Hanging upside down on the cross Peter called to his wife, comfortingly, addressing her by name, and saying, "O thou, remember the Lord."
Peter had no idea the cost, but for him it wasn't about this life. Is was not about the shaky faith. Peter was able to endure this life for the same reason the Lord was able to endure the cross. It is for the joy that was set before them. The joy set before them was not the happiness of this life here on earth. The joy set before them was John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
In the late night of October 13, 2011, laying in bed with this gut wrenching pain I had no idea number 1. Why! this had to happen to me and number 2. how difficult the journey is. I had no idea the lonleiless, the tiredness, the anger, the chaos, the knots, the missing, the wishing. I in no way can compare my life to the sufferings of the apostles, but I do believe the loss of a child is one of the hardest events one can endure. There is no ending to the suffering in this world. Our grief group was sent the question...what does love mean to you? When I say CHOOSE love, I choose to look beyond this side of heaven and I choose to believe in the promises of the Lord. I can endure Kelsie's loss, I can endure the chaos, the missing, the knots, the wishing, the anger, the tiredness, the loneliness, because of the joy set before me. It is because of John 3:16 that I am able to, in midst of all this pain, love my husband more today than I did six months ago. Because Christ endured the cross I can live this life of suffering with a soft heart and a true love for others. Because of this promise, I do not have to bury my daughters death with her, but I can move on with her spirit beside me and take this gift with me where ever the journey leads me. Does the joy set before me, take away the pain, the hurt, the anger...not always, not usually but through Christ's strength and through Christ's love the pain, hurt and anger are all endurable.