Melody: An Update on Topaza
Today, I write with a heavy heart as we’ve learned that Miangaly, a baby girl from Topaza, passed away last night from the flu. Tantely, the director of the orphanage, said they are all in shock. It’s hard to know how to move forward, but our team gathered with the SHINE team this morning to pray for our Malagasy friends and their grieving hearts.
In times of grief, it seems that words are insufficient, but the Lord has gently reminded me of some of His words from Zephaniah at the sound of this sweet child’s name. Miangaly is the Malagasy word for melody. There’s a melody the Lord sings over His children.
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
19 Behold, at that time I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
20 At that time I will bring you in,
at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes,” says the Lord.
As we trust in the hope and promise of the resurrection, we trust that the Lord has welcomed Miangaly into His eternal presence with singing.
There’s also a melody we sing. Today, tomorrow, and maybe for months to come, it is a song of lament. The Lord hears, welcomes, and communes with us in our cries of pain. However, these are not the melodies we will sing for eternity. Because we are in Christ, we have hope that one day the Lord will change our song to a forever song of glad praise. Our redemption will be complete and we will be wholly restored.
As Rhissa Parker so eloquently expressed before the Lord in prayer, it has been a great privilege to love Miangaly from afar. Please keep Tantely and the children in prayer as they process the loss of family and move through this season of grief. Continue to pray for the health of the rest of the children as some are still fighting the flu. God is still good and He still holds these children in the palm of His hand.