Regardless if you have been widowed a couple of months or 25 years, you probably wondered if we were ever going to feel whole again! Or perhaps reflecting back, we cannot honestly remember that time as it just seemed to have happened.
As I listen to those who have lost their spouse, it is interesting to hear them tell their story or comment on where they are at emotionally, spiritually, secure or insecure with where they are. Each story is unique! Oh how I appreciate the wisdom of those who have been widowed for a while, as I observe them as they listen to the new widow and share their wisdom.
Whether we are meeting as a group for coffee, during a Bible study, a group outing for something fun to do, each one has something important to share. For those who are new to this journey of widowhood, they are looking at those who have walked this journey for a while to see they are becoming whole again.
We often think of healing as it is regarding physical, emotional or spiritual. However, Psalms 23 is an amazing scripture on God leading us through our life. He is here to watch over us and direct our path. Verse 3 reads: He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. This reminds me that God is concerned about each aspect of our lives. He is there for each step of the way! How amazing is that?!
The journey of widowhood, a lengthy illness or loneliness can seem to be a never ending journey. There are times when we may or have felt that we will never be whole again, or that life will never be good again! But rest assured that God is and will be with us each step of the way. Another good promise is found in 1 Peter 5:10 which states: ‘And the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.’ We can rely on His goodness to pick us up when we feel we cannot take that next step.
My prayer is that God’s grace and mercy surrounds you, and that you feel His presence regardless if you are in the valley or the top of the mountain.
Many blessings to each of you. Remember there is hope and that you will feel whole again!