Being 'Held' Through Loss

Yesterday I was doing my usual browsing through some of my favorite blogs.  One particular blog I visit is called Joy's Hope.  I have always enjoyed getting to experience this mom's humorous heart through her blogging.

Somehow, in all my followings, I had never taken the time to read about the author.  Yesterday I clicked on the link 'Joy's Story'.  For the next few minutes I sat in suspense as Julie, the blog's author, explained who Joy was.  By the middle of the story I was in tears. (I'm sure partially due to the fact that I'm currently 23 weeks pregnant, hormonally unstable and could place myself in her shoes should I have had the same experience.)  By the end of the story, I had regained composure through my admiration of Julie's explanation of the Glory of the Lord and how little Joy had effected so many people. 

Experiencing her story has caused lingering thoughts about how many people endure similar circumstances.  I don't have all the answers but I think Natalie Grant says it best in her song 'Held'.  "The promise was that when everything fell, we would be held." 

For those of you experiencing loss, I pray that temptation to be numb your sorrow with bitterness would instead comforted by the Hand that holds you in the midst of your pain--the Hand that opens slowly to fill you with lilies of the valley and the hope of tomorrow.

I end this post with a scripture penned by Julie at the end of her article.

"Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am in the land of the living."  Psalm 27:13

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