I thought that maybe after 17 years, I would just let the day come and go like any other day, but that's just not possible - who am I kidding? I will never forget that day and the loss of my son that overwhelmed me for many years.
This morning there was a post on Facebook that caught my eye - one of those NameGames with the title "What Is Your Gift From God?" I don't often pay any attention or play these type of games, but for some reason, this one caught my eye and attention.
Though I put no stock in these type of things, I do know that God speaks to us in "mysterious ways," and the results of the game was a blessing to me, and motivated me to proclaim the goodness, provisions and healing peace of God today, on January 10th and everyday.
God most certainly has given me the "gift of hope" and the "gift of faith." And, my life's focus is on the truth that "storms do not last forever" and I am committed to "never give up," because I know that "no matter what" with God's help, I will "always make it through!"
The death of our son, Kevin, was the most perilous of all "storms" in my life. But, with God's love, grace and comfort, my family and I have not only survived the storm of "unexpected sorrow," but we have grown and are better people, because of how we responded to the "storm."
I begin this New Year looking back on January 10, 2002, remembering the son that lives on in my heart and memory, and though there will always be a measure of heartache and sadness on that day of days, there is much more gratitude and joy in knowing that we we blessed to have him here with us for 28 years and are 17 years closer to our reunion with him, and that will be my focus throughout this New Year.
And, it is my prayer that any mom reading this will ask for and welcome the God-given gifts of HOPE and FAITH. These are essential gifts for our journey through grief and throughout our lives.
May the love, grace and hope of Christ fill the hearts and lives of all who continue to live with loss with HOPE and FAITH. Hoping that you will get into the Word of God this year starting with Jeremiah 29:11.
Blessings for 2019 and Always,
Angie "a mom like you"