In joy and in sorrow

Bible Reading: Read Matthew 6:2534
Author: Nina Semingson (Washington, US)
Thursday 9 August 2018 © The Upper Room.
In June 2016, my beloved husband of 37 years passed away. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, given perhaps six months to live, and sent home with nursing care on a Friday. On the following Tuesday he died, and my life came crashing down. I felt buffeted by shock, grief, pain, tears and loneliness. Moreover, I was overwhelmed by the respon- sibilities of caring for the house, the car and all the other aspects of the life that we had shared. I knew God was with me but grief consumed me. In January, a massive storm blew into our town, rattling windows, breaking tree
branches and causing feelings of restlessness. I sat and watched the swirling chaos and noticed that my bird feeder was being tossed by the wind. I thought, ‘Lord, that is how I feel. I am hanging on

and being rocked by all this wind of chaos in my life.’ Suddenly, I noticed two little sparrows feeding at the bottom of the feeder. In spite of all the swaying, they were calm. And then I felt God say to me, ‘Just as I am with these birds who are protected from the raging wind, so I have been with you, protecting you in this storm of grief. I have fed you with love, comfort, peace, the support of family and friends, and the guidance and the presence of the Holy Spirit. I will never leave you or forsake you.’ I knew then that, whether in joy or in sorrow, we are not alone. God is with us.

Prayer: Gracious and merciful God, thank you for being with us in our joy and in our sorrow. Amen
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