Anniversaries Hurt

 

Anniversaries are supposed to be a celebration, Lord, but these aren’t happy anniversaries. We miss our boy. As the anniversary date of his death draws near, I thought of a “weeping” text. Jeremiah 31:15 speaks of mothers mourning for their children because they were no more. I can relate. Can you?

Shedding tears of grief has been a common practice for thousands of years because we share a planet with an enemy whose entire focus is death.  I am learning not to stop there, but to read on:  But God says, ‘Stop your incessant weeping, hold back your tears . . . there’s hope for your children.

When this text came to my mind today, Lord, it was as if You placed Your strong hand gently on my shoulder and breathed comfort and peace into my sorrowful soul. Yes, we still have tears, but we also have reasons for joy. Your Word says that Your eyes are on those who hope in Your unfailing love. So we hopefully wait for You, Lord, our Help and our Shield. Psalm 33:18 & 20, paraphrased.

 

~from Shattered by Suicide

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