It seems like “losses” almost always come in threes.
Within the past few weeks I have personally experienced the loss of three very special people in my life. A friend, Mike H., my spiritual ‘Pa’, Aubrey D. and my brother-in-law, Leonard G..
They were all wonderful men who loved the Lord, so there is hope eternal of our being reunited once more, and for that I rejoice. I also rejoice over the fact that they are all now free from pain, able to stand strong, run, dance, leap, whatever they now choose to do as they spend time with their Savior and Abba Father.
Yet . . . there is an emptiness that prevails within the hearts of those closest to them. It is the way God created us – we grieve for the loss of their physical presence – we ache for their touch – we desire to be able to hear their voice just one more time.
There are times that will come over them where they may feel they will be unable to bear one more moment of the pain within their hearts, but they will. That is the way God planned for us – He loves us SO much – He never gives us MORE than we can truly handle. He knows what we can bear – and – He is there to lift that burden from us.
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Throughout my life, as I am sure it has been with many of my readers, I have suffered losses . . . hopes, dreams, jobs, financial losses, business losses, but the hardest of all was the loss of loved ones. There were absolutely times when I found myself so overcome with the fact that they were really ‘gone’ that I collapsed under the anguish. The tears, no SOBS, seemed to have no end whatsoever . . . but, they did cease. The days continued to turn into weeks; the weeks into months; the months into years. I survived, by God’s grace. Yes, I still have ‘moments’ when sadness overcomes me as I think of our times together, but I have learned to thank God for those precious times together, cherish the good memories, let go of any of the negative memories and trusting Abba Father to heal the pain of that loss.
It is not an easy process, but it does become second nature over the years that I have put that into practice.
Right now, my heart is heavy for my loved ones who lost their husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandfather . . . I know and understand the pain they are going through and that is what has had me on my knees . . . praying for their strength and for God’s peace to permeate every ounce of their being as they face the times ahead.
I hate to say, “all I can do is pray”, as that is the MOST important thing anyone can do, but I do long to be able to be there for each one of them – wrap my arms around them – love them through this – assuring them that they will be able to go on, however, distance keeps me in one place, them in another. I am loving them through from a distance . . . trusting God to send others to wrap their arms around them and to be there for them in the flesh to help bring His love and comfort to them.
What can we do, ourselves, when these times come? We know they will. Life and death – it is what it is. We all experience it. For me, it is crawling up on Daddy’s lap –
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letting Him hold me in His loving arms . . . let the tears flow . . . let Him heal and help me to go on in His strength.
In Him, there is peace. In Him, there is comfort. In Him, there is hope. In Him, there is strength for each moment. In Him, there is safety.
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