…2to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:2-3)
It has been almost a year since my Angel Girl passed…
I have found my way through this time with the help of many and the reliance on one. The many encompass friends and family, especially my wife Stephanie, who bridges both…she is my best friend and the soul of our family. She is the only one close to me who shares the level of anguish that has fallen upon me.
Even with the help of so many, Father God remains the only one I can truly rely on. As June has come back around, the Lord is the one I have turned to by minute, by day, by month and now by year. He has been my comfort as I talk with Him often and He lifts the burden of grief from my shoulders. As the weight settles back down, which it does, He is faithful to remove it once again…and again.
This routine has become common in my daily walk, and the heaviness has lightened somewhat, but still remains steady at varying degrees. Through this process of sorrow, there have been blessings that cannot be ignored; my faith has been strengthened as God continues to lay comfort on my path, there has been the kindness of friends and strangers alike which have softened my acts of selfishness, and the Lord has given me a new perspective as to what is truly important on this journey of life.
To reflect on all of this, I know the Lord has given me beauty for ashes through this valley I am in. He has consoled my mourning and has anointed me with His oil of joy. I praise Him for being true to His Word and know that there is nothing that I cannot rely on Him for. Amen.
May God Bless You and Give You Grace.