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Grief and healing

Yesterday was my birthday and of course I was missing Mike. My friend, Barb, gave me a book (Streams in the Desert) with daily readings.

Here is an excerpt from today's reading:

"Weeping inconsolably beside a grave will never bring back the treasure of a lost loved one, nor can any blessing come from such great sadness. Sorrow causes deep scars, and indelibly writes its story on the suffering heart. We never completely recover from our greatest griefs and are never exactly the same after having passed through them. yet sorrow that is endured in the right spirit impacts our growth favorably and brings us a greater sense of compassion for others. Indeed, those who have no scars of sorrow or suffering upon them are poor. The joy set before us should shine on our griefs just as the sun shines through the clouds, making them radiant. God has ordained our truest and richest comfort to be found by pressing on toward the goal. Sitting down and brooding over our sorrow deepens the darkness surrounding us, allowing it to creep into our heart. And soon our strength has changed to weakness. But if we will turn from the gloom and remain faithful to the calling of God, the light will shine again and we will grow stronger."




Your Not ALONE

The boy's and I were talking about how hard Friday will be for all of you. We want you to know .... you are not alone. We think about Mike often and miss him lots. I was telling the boy's about the time I called Mike on April 1st and wished him a Happy Birthday! It was supposed to be an April Fool's joke... I know his birthday is the 2nd, but all he said was thank you... I thought it was funny, but I think he thought I was losing my mind. We Love You! Diane, Jim, Andrew & Matthew

October 2011

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