Sacred Bonds of Love
Author: Mary A Potter (North Carolina, US)
I have mourned the death of my parents, a young niece and many others; but nothing has been as difficult as the death of my husband.
It has been four years since he died, and still I have days that are simply hard to get through. As Christians, both my husband and I knew where he was going, and I am certain that someday I will join him there. But the time in between is sometimes overwhelming.
Jesus said, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ Because of my faith, I sense the comfort and presence of Jesus every day. That doesn’t mean that some days I don’t miss my husband beyond words, but it does mean that I acknowledge that ‘the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord’.
We each have a life journey, and our time here is limited. We form many sacred bonds with people, and God calls us to cherish these bonds and to love those whom he gives to us. When we do, we find the comfort that comes only through the peace that passes all understanding found in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
Prayer: God of love and mercy, help those who mourn, and grant them comfort through faith in Christ, our Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen