Not too long ago, I posted how our extended family has been going through some difficult times–extending roughly over the past 10 years. There were deaths too numerous to mention and health issues that none of us ever expected. I know we’re no different from other families who probably have gone through similar situations. But that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. People say that whatever doesn’t kill them makes them stronger. Then we must be one incredibly powerful family. It just doesn’t always feel that way.
So, here we were planning and looking forward to starting the new year with a fresh and positive outlook. Well, so much for that idea. Our nephew passed away unexpectedly on New Year’s day, leaving 4 sons (including an infant), his partner, and all of us. Following that, there were unexpected issues with custody of his baby. Then there’s an unexpected health issue that will require surgery. Some of the non-family responsibilities we have are now requiring a lot of our time dealing with very stressful issues. And January isn’t even over yet.
I said (wrote) all of that to say this: In the midst of all that (and whatever else may be coming down the road), I need to remind myself:
Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken-hearted and bandages those wounds.
Matthew 5:4 Those people who are grieving will find comfort from God
And, it’s true. He does and they will.