“But then I remember this means he is not so far away, and we’re not so far from him, and it makes me smile”.
Mary Katharine Hamm lost her husband in 2015. She was pregnant with her second child.
She recently wrote this article I know will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one.
After reading her story it occurred to me, no 2 personal experiences I have read about grieving are the same.
We who are grieving over a severe loss, walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, enveloped by the coldest, darkest place we’ve ever known. And yet, it seems each of us finds glimmers of light along the way. The smallest speck of light is the brightest because it is the darkest there, illuminating what we would not have seen otherwise.
He is not so far away …
This thought brings a new feeling of comfort.
Heaven may be closer than we think.
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When I read this story and watched the video, the first thing that came to my mind was this: if we can be so moved by this and so many other heart-warming stories, doesn’t that tell us there is a loving God?
Yes, there are horrible tragedies many of us have lived through. It doesn’t negate your pain and suffering.
But life is not all horrific. We must also embrace the good and allow it to stay in our thoughts. It points to eternity with our loving God.
If such love can happen here, what does God have waiting for us in Heaven?
Keep looking ahead for that day where all that went wrong will be made right.
What does it mean to know God? Can one know God?
For centuries, religion has made God seem distant and mysterious. But when you read the Bible, you find that God tells us he is very near to us. That’s good news, especially for people who are hurting.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
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If you have only known God to be unreachable, detached, distant, or mysterious, today is your day to know He is not any of those things.
You can know all about Him.
Just ask him.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven,
where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
– The Bible
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If our loved ones could speak to us, would they say, “Don’t cry for me! I want you to live and be happy. One day we will see each other again!”
We need to feel the loss.
But we have to decide where our thoughts will dwell.
Every day it’s on Heaven.
Every day it must be Heaven.
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Standing at your child’s grave is surreal. Even after many years you wonder, did this really happen?
At the same time, you know it did.
I stare at the etched letters of his name. I look at the date of his birth and remember. I look at the date of his death and remember.
So much life has gone by.
I remember being afraid I would forget his voice. I haven’t.
I’m in two worlds with two different measures of time. He is not here, he is there. But where exactly? I know there is heaven. But I don’t know where it is or what it looks like.
I just know this: to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). And it gives me peace.
I clean the headstone since I can’t stand the little bits of green moss that settle in the crevices. I pull a couple of tiny weeds. I didn’t help him then – perhaps I can be of help now?
There are no tears. I’ve cried them all.
I leave that place under the pine tree with an empty place in my heart.
And I wait.
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When you see the order and design all around us, it is clear. God is real.
And more importantly, that same order and design is a part of your life, too.
You are more valuable to God than a spider web.
The one who created the universe is very aware of you and everything you’re feeling.
This web may have gone unnoticed had the dew not clung to its intricate design, revealing its beauty.
You may think God does not notice you.
Wait for the dew drops of Heaven meant just for you.
From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind …
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