Coming home after a long day, I read an email from my mother telling me that the father of a family I had known from church back in my hometown had just passed away. That seemed to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I sat down and cried. Sometimes there is nothing we can do but to just walk on and keep doing life the best we know how. At times that may mean we stop and release our pain with a few tears.
In the past fifteen weeks, I have either experienced the death of a friend or family member or watched friends say good-bye to someone they loved eight times. That averages out to more than one every two weeks. Seeing and feeling that much fresh pain and sorrow again has a way of taking a toll on a person.
While you may want to escape the ache of death, this world does not afford that luxury. It is inevitable that everyone will leave this world at some point in time. Until Jesus comes again, that way of departure is through the body taking one final breath and the soul crossing over into eternity. Until then, we need to walk on and do life the best we know how.
As I cried my tears, I got busy doing my dishes and folding laundry,while listening to a new album by Josh Groban. The song You’ll Never Walk Alone from the 1945 musical Carousel began playing and I stopped what I was doing to really drink in the words. They are beautiful and I have placed them below hoping they may bless you too.
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky And the sweet, silver song of a lark Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tossed and blown Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart And you’ll never walk alone You’ll never walk alone
There are two lines of this song that really speak to me. The first is “You’ll never walk alone.” While your grief journey is yours – you do not have to travel it by yourself. Hopefully there is someone who is walking with you. Perhaps you have family members, friends, a pastor or church family, neighbors, or a support group like Grief Share who can encourage you as you walk on.
Even if you have trouble naming a person you feel can understand and come alongside you in your journey, there is One who is always there for you. God promises to never leave or forsake you. That leads to my next favorite line of the song.
“Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart.” Without hope you have very little. Believing that you will make it through your grief is vital to your journey. You will have hard days – just like today has been hard for me. Tears and hurt will remind you that life has drastically changed. Watching others experience loss will bring yours to light again, causing fresh pain to appear unexpectedly. However, do not let those times stop you from continuing your journey. Walk on with the knowledge that hope and healing can be yours.
Until next time –
Grief Letters By Karen Bransgrove, Published by WestBow Press. You can order here.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869674
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869667
E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869650
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