Good Monday morning, sweet friends! I hope you all had an UBER WONDER-ful Mother’s Day weekend!
Mine was quite different! The empty chair where my mother once sat was purposefully not at the table, but its absence just reminded me of her absence.
I also noted that this weekend, my blog got more hits than it has ever received in a three day period! People were googling things like, “First Mother’s Day without my mom” and “Missing my mom on Mother’s Day.”
And my heart broke for each one of them!
The emails and comments I received were all very real reminders of how many hearts are hurting during a time when so many others are celebrating.
Thank you all for your willingness to comment about the cherished memories of your own mothers. You have honored me by sharing such a personal and painful place in your heart. Your words have encouraged my heart and I want you to know that I have prayed for you.
Let’s face it… sometimes life is just hard. So for the next week or so, I’d like to use my little space in cyberspace as a place where we can walk through these tough times together.
I really hope these posts will encourage your heart, strengthen your faith and help you press on beyond the pain. I’ll be writing a post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next two weeks that I hope will help us get through this thing together…posts that I hope will encourage you to know that your God has not forsaken you, that He is with you, that He still wants to make beauty out of the ashes of your hurting heart, that there is light at the end of this painful tunnel and that you can move forward by the grace of God.
My prayer is that we will all see with new eyes – eyes that view eternity more clearly and help those who mourn find hope again!
As we go through this together, I’d be honored for you to share where you are and what you’re going through so that it might help others in the journey. Some of you have already done that, but I want to encourage you to continue. Some of you have emailed me because you weren’t comfortable with sharing so publicly or because you had a specific prayer request or question. Please know that if you are more comfortable doing that, than that’s fine too.
2 Corinthian 1:3-4 says… “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
Wednesday, I’ll begin by sharing where I am in this journey of grief and tell you what I recently did to avoid days of depression. I realize that sometimes we have to cry and mourn the loss of those we love – and it’s okay to go there… it’s just not okay to stay there.
So join me Wednesday and let’s walk through this together. I pray I’ll be able to sincerely comfort you with the comfort our God has given me. I pray we will see with new eyes and trust in the truth that God truly is the source of all comfort and we can trust Him.
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