Grief is about missing and emptiness. It does unexpected things to us. Especially during the holiday season. There’s no magic time or date that takes the sorrow away as we miss our beloved. I’ve learned. And. There’s beauty in keeping space for the beloved. As our family makes the journey of learning how to make the space, learning to find the places where sorrow and joy collide, we’re thankful for Lucy Mae, our beloved. And.
We’re more aware than ever, of those who grieve without one another and faith. Their emptiness is different.
We’ve experienced some holy moments together, we’ve seen through the thin places between heaven and earth, believing there’s more ahead for us, accepting there’s a plan for Lucy Mae’s life, admitting there are times we can’t fathom the whys of it all, missing this little beloved beyond reason. We share in the belief her life continues to shine on. When you lean on the unseen of faith together, there’s a strengthening of relationship, a shared hope. And. Yes. In our shared hope, we believe God takes the ending of life as we know it and gives us a new beginning of life in heaven.
I’m not sure how many times I’ve underlined God’s promise to do something new. But. It’s got me through many hard endings:
“But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19, NLT).
When I take these words to heart and make the effort to look and see the new things, the pathways in the middle of the wilderness, the rivers in the dry wasteland, I am able to let loose of it all with faith. I’m not talking about a timid-I hope it’s true-kind of faith, but a faith that comes from surrendering it all, staking my life on God and nothing else.
And. When we let it all loose with faith, we see our little beloved belongs to God. In faith, we know her life is so much more than what we understand . . . and we believe her ending on earth is an incredible new beginning. In those moments, the moments of let it all loose faith, we see life more clearly, we see it’s all about God. When we let loose of it all, when we choose to have more faith in God than in anything we call ours, when we are in a state of emptiness, we are filled with Life.
Between Christmas and New Years . . . let it all loose with faith . . . look for the new thing God is doing . . . find the pathway in the wilderness . .. spend time at the river in the dry wasteland. Ask someone to do it with you. Experience faith together.
When we let it all loose, there’s a divine emptiness, a sense there’s more to come, not of what’s behind of us, but something new, something healing, something beyond what we’ve experienced in the past.
- Give every space of your life to God.
- Empty yourself.
- Let it all loose with faith.
Learning to Kickstart the day with God, choosing to let it all loose,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)