The prompt for this Five Minute Friday is “mail”. Enjoy!
//Another day: another stuffed mailbox. I had not received this volume of mail; ever. After my husband died, friends, family, and strangers sent me sympathy cards, grief books, with love and encouragement. I wish I would have enjoyed it more, but during this time in my life, I lived in an immense, dense fog.
Looking back and reflecting, I am so thankful for the hundreds of people who cared about me and my children. The sweet hand written notes from others were another God sign we were loved. I want others who are pained by grief to feel God’s love through my actions.
I volunteer for a non-profit, Ragan’s Hope, who assist parents of children with serious ongoing medical conditions or injuries. Part of my ministry is to reach out to the families who have lost a child in the first year after their death. I send them four cards in the first year with a letter sharing a stage in my grief journey after the loss of my husband. I pray over the card before mailing it in hopes it will let them know they are not alone in their anguish. They are loved.
I believe my stuffed mailbox was God preparing me to reach out to others and “send it forward” to those who are starting their grief journey. I have reached a place where I can share my experience and how He walked beside me during my thick, foggy, life. I pray my cards will be multiplied and fill another person’s mailbox and they will “send it forward” one day.//
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”-Matthew 5:4 NIV