I got some encouragement yesterday.
As I've said before, my husband and I are taking a GriefShare class at our church. I can highly recommend it to anyone who's lost someone they love.
Next week's lesson is about getting
stuck in grief. It's something that can happen when we don't know how to
deal with the grief. As our facilitator was talking about next week,
she said this, "It seems the three of you here aren't really stuck in
She has facilitated the class for years
and so that was a great encouragement. I've had losses before. But
losing two parents so close to each other has been difficult. Very difficult.
But what I'm learning is to grieve. To let it out. And that's okay.
We tend to want to stop the grief and pain. Our society really wants us to drive on. Get over it.
But ignoring grief only puts it off and complicates the recovery. I know.
At times, I've felt overwhelmed.
I didn't want to cry anymore.
I wanted my mom back.
That's all normal.
But now, because I've given myself permission to grieve, I cry less often.
I have moments of enjoying life again.
I'm seeing God work.
I'm still going to cry.
The holidays are going to be hard.
There's no way around that.
That's normal, too.
But I'm not letting the deaths completely define me.
They are part of my story, my journey.
God is using it.
I have much to live for.
My husband, my kids, my dad.
My writing, my photography.
God has blessed me greatly.
And I can see that.
For that, I am grateful.
How are you seeing God work in the midst of the joys and sorrows of life?