Random thoughts for today as I am studying suffering in 1 Peter.
In the short term, the death of our child outweighs everything else in our lives to the point we just don’t care about anything. I did not eat for days. I didn’t care about doing things like getting dressed, cleaning anything, or talking to people.
We cannot live this way long term. To do so will move us into depression and despondency. Allowing the weight of grief to continually crush us and destroy relationships will kill us.
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We cannot ever expect others to do for us what only God can do. He is our comfort. He is our fortress. He is our healer. He is our redeemer. He is the one who cares for us. He is faithful and compassionate and merciful and abounding in love.
When something happens and you are feeling angry or hurt, talk to Him. Tell Him about it. Leave your anger at the foot of the cross. It really is the only way to heal without bitterness.
~Kathleen B. Duncan, My Journey through Grief into Grace
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Today a friend posted about the most recent school shooting in which at least seventeen people died. She closed her post by asking, "What are their names?"
I don’t know their names. I can't name a single victim in Florida. (Although I will read and learn about them later today.)
I do know one name: Tyrone.
Tyron Aris. A young man with a beautiful smile.
His family is grieving. Our homeschool community is grieving. I am grieving.
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My thoughts today. As yet another family prepares to bury their son.
GO TO THE FUNERAL!
Yes, it's hard. No, it's not convenient.
But think how hard it is for his parents!
Your presence shows them they are loved. Even if you did not know their child, if you are invited...go. Show them you care. Show them their child matters.
And pray for them. This is probably the hardest thing they have ever done. They need prayer.
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You are not alone. Many of us also experienced loss. We want to walk beside you, love you, and pray with you. We will cry together and laugh together as we share stories of our children and our faith. We found hope in Christ with the help of an amazing ministry: While We're Waiting. Read more [...]
So many beautiful things in nature and all around us! The majestic trees and beautiful sunsets. Flowers, birds, lovely insects like dragonflies and butterflies and ladybugs.
Yesterday as I sat pondering the past few weeks and missing not only my son by also my sweet mother-in-law who taught me to be a good wife and mom, a flock of cardinals landed in our trees. Three bright red males and a couple dozen females flitted from branch to branch and ate from our bird feeder.
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