This was a piece I originally posted in November 2015. I am amazed at how much I have grown as a writer and I want to thank COMPEL (an online training program for writing which is part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries) in educating me as a writer and introducing me to an amazing group of people who give encouragement, edits, and suggestions in a loving and caring way. I have gone back and done some minor editing on this piece and pray it speaks to those who need to hear it. Blessings!
Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”*
In reading I Corinthians chapter 13, love is defined and revealed as to how we as humans should embrace and process this emotion. We are so blessed to be able to feel the rush of euphoric passion for others and this is why a loved one’s death makes the heart and soul ache after the loss. It is overwhelming to experience deep devotion for another human being and only now I recognize and acknowledge it since walking my grief journey.
In the sixteen years since starting my emotional wandering, each loss has been a learning and growth experience. I know the separation is temporary and one day we will be reunited due to my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. But how do I endure it now? I have experienced a few resolutions which have comforted me.
1) Focusing on others- there is so much pain and heartache on this earth, and I know The Truth and what better way to demonstrate it then help others. One simple act is sending cards to those who are ill or have lost a loved one. I remember how much it meant to me for someone to take a few minutes of their day and pen a note expressing their condolences or well wishes for me.
2) Giving unto others-My family frequently feeds the homeless. Preparing a meal to share with those who are less fortunate warms my heart and the blessing I receive is in meeting and talking with the individuals. Every person is unique and has a story, not constantly a glamorous tale, but their lives are as meaningful as any other.
3) Tending to others-My husband and I are part of an organization which supports families with critically ill children. We check in with families who are assigned to us, pray for them, and support them as we can. I am so blessed to have three healthy children and consider these families unsung heroes who make great sacrifices for their children. Focusing on others has helped me realize my worries and situations are small compared to others who carry such huge burdens.
4) Praying for others-I pray throughout the day, driving, sitting at my desk, taking a shower, falling asleep at night, whenever someone pops into my head from my prayer list, I stop and pray. Again, it takes the focus off of me and shines on a person who needs to be lifted up and feel the presence of the Lord. I love the Lord and I want to testify to others there is hope in having faith in Our Father.
My life lesson learned is to be thankful for my loved ones now and embrace the feelings I have for family, relationships, and memories. I know with my faith and hope in God and Jesus Christ, I will see my precious ones again and the emotions will swell into some type of exultation which I have not experienced here on earth.
My friends, this is why love is the greatest of all of these. Show some love today!
*The Holy Bible, New International Version Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society