A READER ASKS
“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?