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“Dear Lord, 14 months ago my 74-year-young mother left me a phone mes­sage say­ing she missed me and would call me later…but within two hours, she’d passed away sud­denly and left me locked in grief. She was my con­fi­dant and coun­selor, and though I al­ways knew how blessed I was to have her, I don’t feel blessed any­more. I can’t gar­den, watch old movies or do dozens of other things that we both loved—the sad­ness of know­ing we’ll never share them again is too great. And when I see other moms and daugh­ters out in pub­lic, the pain I feel makes me dizzy. I’ve even found my­self back­ing away from friends who still have their moms in their life. Some­times I swear I can feel my mother’s sor­row (and Yours!) be­cause I’m not ‘mov­ing on’ like I should. But my heart doesn’t want to move on with­out her. Help me, please!”

Wis­dom of the Word

For none of us lives to him­self, and no one dies to him­self. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. There­fore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

—Paul in a let­ter to the Ro­mans, 14:7–8 NKJV

We un­der­stand and yet…

Los­ing some­one we love can lead us into ag­o­niz­ing sor­row. Though our grief should give way to the knowl­edge that our loved ones are with You, in­stead it per­sists and pushes us to the brink of de­spair. How do we keep our­selves from fall­ing into the pit of hope­less­ness?

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