Originally Posted on September 30, 2011
For now, I want to leave you with a thought: I received a Facebook message from a dear old friend with a link to a blog of someone else who has just lost her spouse in the last week. We are everywhere, this community of suffering.
Beth, the deceased mom, is survived by her husband Dave and their two children, aged 8 and 10. She died of pancreatic cancer. She found out she had it in October of last year. Nearly a year later, her struggle is finished. I’m pretty sure she’s met Janie by now.
It breaks my heart, but I know Dave and the kids will experience the same mind boggling groundswell of love and support the kids and I have. He and their kids will descend into the valley of sorrow too, and my prayer for them is that they’ll reach out and brawl their grief, wrestle with it until healing comes on the other side. I hope Dave and his kids will meet the same God I have on this road, one abounding in compassion and rich in love. I have a feeling they will, if they haven’t already.
The descent into this valley is terrifying and unwanted, but life happens down here too. I have had moments of raw joy so overwhelming its like staring into the sun at noon. I’ve had times when I saw God’s faithfulness burst through in ways I never knew were possible. These are the things one experiences in the valley.
So at the end of this week, if you pray, throw one up for Dave and the kids. Keep us in mind too. You have no idea what your prayers and care do for people in our situation. Above all else, pray without ceasing.