It’s been more than 10 months since my last post here, and much has happened in those months. I’ve continued to write (you can find links below), just not here. It’s proven to be more difficult than I even imagined finding words to communicate the pain of losing a child far too soon. And when words do come, I’ve questioned whether it’s fair or useful to anyone to share that pain. But the last 10 months have also produced the beginnings of good fruit – the promise of hope and healing, so it’s with this fledgling faith that I come back to “Mourning Mercies”, praying that we find a way to discover mercy even through the mourning. It’s there – I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. I’ve experienced the stirring of new life, if only in brief moments, but that’s what hope is about, isn’t it? We hope in things we don’t yet know or see.
I will never….ever “get over” the loss of my son, Brett. But it is my continuing hope that I can somehow transition from mourning his absence to celebrating not only his life, but the goodness of God, who continues to pour the oil of mercy and healing, slowly and deeply into our hearts.
So…. from time to time I’ll share stories, songs, videos, words of others….anything that might encourage us to keep inching forward. Forward is good. And my hope is, that whether you keep me company every step of the way, or just check in from time to time as your own heart allows, we can journey together. If there is anything I have learned in this unexpected and most unwelcome season of grief, it is that we are absolutely not meant to do life alone. So, for the wounded and hurting, fall into a big, comfy chair and rest awhile here. For those who better want to understand the heart of one who deeply mourns, you are also welcome. And for the one who might not be sure where God is in the midst of your pain – you, my dear friend, are especially welcome….let’s travel this road together!