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He Holds You Together


The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 

—Psalm 34:18

 

This week has been a hard and emotional week for me. It’s so difficult to see someone you love in pain, especially when you can do nothing to help.  Life is full of tragedy, heart-break, and sadness.  It is a painful part of life.  It’s unavoidable.  As I visited a friend in the midst of so much pain and sorrow, I began to worry. How will she get through this?  How can I help her? It will be so long before her soul recovers, it literally makes my heart hurt.

This kind of pain and sorrow can be brought on by so many things.

Loss of a loved one.

Divorce.

A cheating spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend.

A child straying down an unhealthy path.

Financial woes.

Health problems.

I could make a never-ending list.

As I was lost in thought on the way home today, I began to think about how people survive. After experiencing such devastating heartache, how do people find the will to move on, endure, survive?  No matter how hard I tried to come up with answers,  I only have ONE.

Only ONE.

The answer is Jesus.

Without the love, mercy, and grace of my Savior, I would live a truly hopeless life.  Lost.  No comfort.  No peace.  No hope.

Walking with God, in a devoted relationship with Him, hand-in-hand, prayer-by-prayer.  It changes everything.

 

With God as my refuge and strength, I can survive any heartache.  No matter how devastating.  When my world is falling apart, when I feel completely abandoned, when my circumstances seem hopeless, I can KNOW.

Without a doubt of uncertainty.

God is still God.  He is still in control.  He is there.

He can hold the shambles of my life together, repair the damage.

Heal my wounded heart.

NO person can give the comfort and peace Jesus offers to those who take up their cross and follow Him.  Today, I am thankful for a God who is in control.  I am thankful for blessings in life I take for granted each day.  The security and comfort of His love.  The refuge found when He wraps me in his arms of comfort and peace amidst the worst of trials.  My heart breaks for those who do not have a relationship with Him.  He is the great I am.

Apart from Him you will be hopeless.  Lost.

Cling to Him in prayer.  Cling to Him in worship.  Cling to Him!  He is God.  He will hold you together.

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Life, Loss, and Love


 

Life is fragile.

It would be amazing if we could just handle life with ‘kid gloves’ so that maybe we could lengthen it’s stay.  Maybe, if we didn’t take it for granted so, extra time would be granted.  Precious time. If only.

Sadly, that’s just not how life works.  Our time here is limited. Borrowed, really, from the almighty Creator.

Not one living thing is exempt from it’s grasp.

Fame.

Wealth.

Power.

Social position.

Nothing. can. keep. us. from. death’s grip.

You can’t run from it, avoid it, stop it.

Why then, is it so easy for us to forget how easily, quickly, and without warning, death can snatch us, never to return?

We walk about our day, usually with little thought to saying good-byes and living in the moment as if it were our last.  We get bogged down in minor irritations and declare our day a loss.  When in reality, every breath is a reason for celebration.

Last night, a dear family friend lost her husband unexpectedly.  Without warning.  Today the family still can’t believe it is real.

I understand.  Ten and a half months ago my family lost my step-dad to a work-related accident.  Suddenly. Without warning.

One minute he was working, anxious to get home after being gone for a few months.  The next, Elvin was gone.  Lost to us in this life.

One minute we were eating lunch, Christmas shopping, and laughing at silly jokes.  The next, my brother and I were picking my mom up out of the floor of the Golden Corral….literally. Lives changed.  Shattered.  In an instant.  Love lost in the time it takes you to simply breath in.

When my mom talked to him that morning, she never dreamed it would be their last conversation.

The last time he would call.

The last time she would hear his voice.

Her last good-bye.

It’s still, almost a full year later, hard to believe.  Hard to allow it to sink in, that I will never drive up to their house to see him working on the tractor out in the field again.  Hard to believe that the grandbabies will never again be able to climb into his lap as they so often did.  Hard to believe that at every family get together from now on, we will be missing one who was loved so dearly.  So, so hard.

The only way, the only light through all of this…..has been provided by my refuge, my strength, my Savior.  Through the tears.  The pain.  The longing.  He is there, carrying us.  After all, His love for us is greater than any we have for each other.  His love cannot be contained.  I can rest in Him, trusting, knowing…. that although I may not see the purpose of His plan, there is, in fact, a purpose.  Our dear loved one was not lost in vain.  God is in control.

Today, a dear friend is only at the beginning of this terrible, painful struggle.  A life lost.  Many lives left behind, changed forever by his absence.  My heart hurts.  It aches for their pain.  It opens up old wounds that had finally begun to heal, if only a little.  I’m right back to that day.  That moment.

Today, as you go about your day, hug your loved ones a little tighter.

Pay attention to their words. Their expressions.

Don’t leave words unspoken that need to be heard.

Live life with the reality of it’s fragile state.  We are blessed to be given wonderful family and friends to love.  Every minute spent with a loved one  is a blessing.  Don’t let the irritations and frivolities of life keep you from cherishing every moment.

It just might be the last one you get.

 

My Mom and Elvin at their wedding.

Elvin and Cameron on the tractor….

We have more pictures of him on the tractor with the grandbabies than we can count!

Happy Birthday!  He LOVED ALL things John Deere!

Elvin and Mom at my brother’s wedding….

Only a few months before we lost him.

He drove through the night to come in from out of state to be there.

Elvin Loggins

April 20, 1948 – December 4, 2011

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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