As we delved into thinking about loss, we knew you would have valuable words of wisdom and encouragement to share about your own experiences. Here's what some of you had to say online...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I lost my mother last May after several years of decline — I lost her a little at a time. She was bedridden in her last year, and I was her caregiver. She was such a strong lady and an anchor for my life. As she slowly lost everything that made her who she was, I found God strengthening me to meet each challenge. As Sheri Easter’s song says, 'I praised the hurt away.' The wonderful DVDs you offer kept us both looking heavenward day by day. On the morning she died, we had the song “Angels in the Room” playing continually. It so spoke to my heart as I said goodbye to the dearest on earth to me. At her joyful homegoing celebration, my heart rejoiced as Vestal’s song “Standing in the Presence of the King” was sung. My days since her death continue to be a walk of faith. It is hard without her, but my heart continues to find comfort in the great songs of faith. I am continuing to “praise the hurt away!”
— Deborah Lundberg
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I have experienced many losses, including the early death of my father from cancer. But the last few years have been especially hard. My husband abandoned our family and I lost my home. There have been a lot of financial struggles as well, and I am seeking employment. I am grateful to have a place to live in my mother’s home, and her tremendous faith is a sustaining presence and a daily encouragement to me. My sons, daughters-in-law and 1-year-old grandson are joys. My faith has deepened and continues to grow despite the circumstances, and I am encouraged by Gaither CDs and DVDs and the Sunday School class I attend in our local church.
— Libby Haire
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Almost six years ago, we lost our beautiful 18-year-old granddaughter in an automobile accident. God showed me the importance of making certain our grandkids get to hear the Gospel. That led us to change churches from a church I had attended all my life to one that preaches the Gospel every Sunday. As a result, her younger sister accepted Christ, and her other grandma is attending Bible study fellowship. Not all is as I would wish it, but God is still at work—on His timetable. He is sovereign and will see you through any situation.
— Sally Hart
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I lost my very best friend to suicide in 2011. I can’t tell you what that did to me, especially since he had talked me out of it a year before. When Paul died, I got involved in grief groups, and have been able to save two people from suicide since then. God has told me that this is my calling for this season in my life. That, and to share Paul`s incredible faith in and love for God. Mental illness is no respecter of persons, and this horrible loss has taught me so much about the love of God for all of His children. I miss Paul every day, but it is my honor to carry on his wonderful legacy of love and hope.
— Peggy McGlothlin
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I said a final goodbye to my husband of 38 years in 2010. Never did I think that I would be left alone, but God had other plans. As I watched my husband face death with such a deep peace, I gained strength from that as well as from many scripture verses. God gave me Isaiah 43:1–3 even before I knew that Hubby was sick, and these verses have sustained me. I know that God has not left me on earth just to exist, but rather to live. By His grace, I will live and seek to bring glory to His name. Would I want my husband back? Absolutely. I miss him every day, but I know we will be together again.
— Ruth Hiebert