Until then, consider this excerpt from Heaven Without Her (p. 243):
"In honor of our trip to Wausau with my mother’s ashes, Jenny had given me a CD by a Christian singer named Crystal Lewis. Jen pointed especially to the title song, “Beauty for Ashes,” which reassures the child of God that He will heal all sorrows:
He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair
"It took me a while to make the connection, but I finally realized that this chorus was based on Isaiah 61:3 -- part of that hope-tinged passage that someone had read at my mother’s funeral.
"I listened to this song again and again. It was true: He was giving me beauty and strength, gladness and peace.
"But it’s only the beginning of what promises to be the happiest ending of all."