“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
The topic I had in mind for my entry for today shifted unexpectedly this afternoon when my husband sent me a series of text messages.
“Gomez lost his daughter today”
“Give the girls a hug for me when you pick them up”
Gomez and my husband have worked together on and off for many years, but the family is only an acquaintance of mine; polite visits at company parties.
Although I don’t know the family well, my heart shatters for them none the less.
I have not suffered the torment of losing a child, but empathy tells me that the weight of that reality is unbearable; a person’s tank is NEVER full enough to handle that on their own.
If I knew her mama and daddy well, I would put my arms around them and tell them this….
Your beautiful child was such a blessing from God. She was far too young to graduate from this earth, leaving your arms and heart empty. I am profoundly sorry that you must endure this road, this new reality without her here. But I want you to know that you are not alone in your grief.
Others that know you well, and even those that know you little, are lifting you up in prayer right now, imploring that God would send a fleet of angels to attend to your soul-wounds and collect your tears (Psalm 56:8).
Weeks from now, when it seems surreal that life has continued without your consent, without her presence, I want you to know that you and she are not forgotten. When grief once again assaults you and steals your breath, know that at the same moment, God’s Spirit is moving in the heart and mind of someone who knows you and someone who cares… weeks and months from now, they will pause in their day, pray and lift you up again.
When you feel the grief threatens to consume you, prayers to carry you will continue and the love and peace of a Holy and ever present God will relentlessly pursue...
He will begin to mend your heart and soul.
Isaiah 43:2 promises that “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you”
God will not allow the grief to destroy you, but you must lean in… please lean in to Him.
As you move forward in this season of grief ... until you see her again, know that God loves you, that God loves your sweet daughter exponentially more than our earthly minds can imagine, that she is at peace resting in His presence and that you and your beautiful souls are never alone.