Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Blessed are those who mourn...for they will be comforted~ Jesus

We huddle around a table catching up on all that is happening in the lives of one another. It feels safe and many tears are shed as we share heartbreaking struggles with each other.  I realize the path we are on is not only painful but in many ways feels sacred. We feel for and with each other and the future no longer seems so certain or clear. There is strength in traveling in a pack  So we hunch down and draw tighter together to form a circle. Sharing stories, tears and encouragement.

The weight of death is raw and it's sharp teeth penetrate at unexpected moments. A reminder of what has been lost feels overwhelming and without warning sweeps in and shows us no mercy. A dream can make us sad. A memory of better days can cause us to become a mess of emotions and tears.The tear filled eyes of my children and Sister as they process such a tremendous loss. They express doubts of life ever returning to normal and the ache ever leaving their hearts. A lump on my little ones neck makes her question through tears if it may be life threatening, which once again gives me a glimpse into the innocence lost. Her vulnerabilities are now greater as she watched one close to her own age slip away. My heart aches for what I cannot change. I am helpless to wipe away the hurt.  In these moments We can only run to the only one who can do that for us.
Today I am clinging to that.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7 ESV)

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