We have so many things to be grateful for at this time! But …. some are going thru a tough holiday!
If you’ve lost a loved one or just know there’s something more than coming together for a routine meal every November, be assured you’re not alone! Someone knows your discomfort. Just because we sit down to a sumptuous turkey dinner with people we never met before or are feeling alone with those we’ve known all our lives … all’s not lost.
When Marc was murdered 4 years ago my life came crashing down, and I couldn’t face the holidays well at all! But, it didn’t stay that way.
Today I thought, what if Marc and I never valued our relationship? What if I kept him all to myself? What if my faith, Christianity, says ‘just leave the dead to themselves’? I would never have discovered the love and healing of so many or written a blog or started a book. There is purpose beyond our pain.
God said to me in these last few years, ‘I won’t let you keep Marc to yourself He belongs not just to me but to the world. Go and forgive the boys! Do my will and I won’t forget what happened and I’ll bless what comes out of his sacrifice.’
You have hurts, issues that nag your heart or mind …. all of us do.
Jesus says in John 16:33, … ‘These things I have spoken to you, that in me you will have peace. In this world there will be tribulation, but …. be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’
Our hurts & tribulations don’t have to stay inside or go unnoticed. God wants to bring us out to freedom, not bondage to an event or issue. We can forgive those who hurt us, those who caused us harm. We can dare to go ahead and dream beyond a sad event and live a life of joy.
Keep loving, keep trusting God. He’ll help you stay focused in love so you don’t retaliate against others or hurt your own self in some destructive way! God wants us strong, resilient …. not weak to whatever blows we suffer.
It’s human to suffer, in God we overcome –