A Piece of My Day

A Piece of Wednesday, 17 November 2010 (the Thursday edition)…

Posted on: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

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Speaks for itself.

I’ve had this little card framed for so long now, I can’t even remember when I got it. I keep it, framed, on the dresser in our bedroom, and, last night, after a phone call with a dear friend, my eyes fell upon it once again.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.”

Such challenging words to read after this particular phone conversation, in which my friend shared about a loss she’s experienced recently. Without giving details, I’ll simply say that she is processing some sudden grief – raw grief – grief which brings up more questions than answers.

She asked me about my own grief. She asked how I made it through the times of grief in my own life, and if I simply took life one day at a time. “Sometimes,” I said, “I had to break it down into smaller increments than a day…sometimes it was one hour at a time, or one minute at a time.” And it’s true.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.”

This friend is one of the most faithful people I know, and yet grief can do strange things with our faith. It’s not that we give up our faith, exactly – it’s more that our faith changes. We begin to realize that trusting in the Lord doesn’t mean trusting that the Lord will make all things fantastic for us right away, or that the Lord will make our road easy to travel all the time, or that our path won’t wind. And we begin to realize (maybe again) that trusting in the Lord doesn’t mean that we won’t know grief.

But trusting in the Lord does change our grief to be a path which is walked in faith, and hope, and love. Sometimes this path will be marked with anger, or pain, or depression – but if we pay attention, we see that faith, and hope, and love are there with us, too. We see that faith, and hope, and love remain.

The path is difficult at times, but the beauty of walking the path of faith is that when we are faltering – I mean, when we really don’t see where we’re headed, or even see the next step – we are surrounded by the faith, and hope, and love of so many others to carry us through until our vision clears.

My friend asked how I made it through difficult, gut-wrenching times of grief, and my answer simply was that it was the people around me – loving me, hugging me, praying for me, being Jesus-in-the-flesh with me until my vision cleared.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.”

Peace – and faith, and hope, and love – be upon your evening,

K

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