Tucked away, deep inside, is a burning love that often comes out as grief. Tears, laughter, memories, all burning holes in my soul pushing me forward toward that day when she is not simply tucked inside my heart but truly in my arms. "Forward!" is the cry of the heart! "Don't stop!" is the chant of the soul. "Courage!" is the shout of the will.
Courage, dear one. Take heart. You have purpose and mission in this life. Be of good cheer! Move ever forward.
This has been one of my favorite pictures since Maggie died. Her hair was long and black and she was about the size of the little girl in this picture. What blessed assurance we have!
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What is grief? How does it impact the person? What can you do to help a friend who is grieving? In order to help someone who is grieving, we must first attempt to understand what it means to walk in their shoes. One of my goals with this blog is to show you, with words, what grief is like. Leave behind the “I could never imagine” and begin to imagine with me for just one moment.
"Dear Maggie, I know Heaven is so much better than Valentine's Day here on earth. I still can't help but wish I could give you just one hug. I bought you and your sisters and brother a stuffed animal just like I do every year. It's sitting on your table and looking lonely with no little girl to snuggle it. I made a valentines card for you and that sits alone as well with my tear drops all over it. I'll never get over you and I know I'll always feel this hole in my heart that only you can fill. One day, my girl, and we will never part again. Till then, pray for me every day lest my courage and strength fail. I love you now and forever. Give your baby sister a hug for me. Love, Mom." ...
Have you ever had to walk with a friend in the darkness? What did that look like for you?
Walking with a friend in the dark can be scary. You may not know what to say or how to act. You may not understand at all how they feel. All of this is ok! The fact is that walking with your friends will give them the support they need and the love they must feel to begin to heal.
So, thank you! Thank you for walking with my family. Thank you to those who reach out. Thank you for your support and prayers and love. Without these, we would not be where we are now. YOU are so important to us. ...