Serious Grief

God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, I’m about to take from you the delight of your life—a real blow, I know. But, please, no tears. Keep your grief to yourself. No public mourning. Get dressed as usual and go about your work—none of the usual funeral rituals.”I preached to the people in the morning. That evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I’d been told. (Ezekiel 24:15-17, MSG)

And every time I read it, I ask myself these questions. Do I have that kind of obedience in me? Why/ why not? Why do I prolong my personal pain by neglecting God’s words to me?

And then I pray something like this.

Prayer – Lord God, Father of the entire universe, oh Lord God, help me to be as obedient as Ezekiel… because I want to serve you wholeheartedly, more than anything in the world. Help me to live that way, dear God.  For Christ, who did. Amen

Happy Heart Day

No I am not hinting for candy, flowers or cards, nor do I expect them. However Patricia Day’s blog today is so wise that I wanted to share it with you. Valentines Day is such a couple’s thing that it excludes everyone else. We all know someone who is missing someone, even if it is because they haven’t found them yet.

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Valentine’s Day fast approaches. Some will enjoy the day, while others will find it challenging because their loved one is gone.

Whether through death or by separation, Valentine’s Day hits hard, as many realize they are alone.  They no longer have that special person in their lives.

Perhaps, like me, you know someone who, very likely, will live through Valentine’s Day with dread and despair.

Let them know that you care.  It does not have to be a large elaborate card or gift; sometimes just a hug, a message or your time will suffice.  Knowing that another person cares can make all the difference in the world.  Loneliness does not have to feel as if you are completely alone.

Show them that you care and reach out to them on Thursday.

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