One of the things I am learning in this journey of child loss is that while I can work hard to frame my experience through the Truth of Scripture, I cannot deny my feelings.
I cling to and copy down and recite Bible verses on a daily basis. I feed my heart and soul and spirit with heavenly manna and trust that it will sustain me.
But if I ignore or distract myself from acknowledging the feelings raging within me, I am only delaying an inevitable confrontation-they will not be put aside forever.
Paul didn’t say, “don’t grieve”. He said, “grieve with hope”.
Hope gives me something to hold onto. Hope gives me courage to keep going. Hope grants me vision so I can look forward to a time when pain will end.
But it does not end the pain. It does not remove the ache of longing. It does not erase the sorrow.
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