Shock and Grief

Shock and grief has made it’s way into our community. A beautiful woman died in her sleep this past weekend.  She was in the midst of a busy and fulfilling life, a mother of two teenagers, an elementary school teacher, a sister, daughter, and a friend of many. The devastation of her death can be compared with the havoc a strong storm leaves in it’s pathway.

The storms of life often come with an unrelenting force.

This storm has created difficult changes for the family, friends, and community. Once again, I’m thinking about what makes it possible to face the most difficult places of life, when nothing makes sense, when there are more questions than answers, when the storm seems to never end.  And, as simple and religious as it sounds, the choice must be made to accept God’s help in order to make it through the storm with peace and hope.

God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! (Psalm 46:1-3, NLT)

I don’t understand all the “whys” of the storms of life; however, I do know God provides refuge and strength to get through it all.

More later–Kerrie

I'm reminded of the refuge we had after going through a storm of life.  I remain grateful

I’m reminded of the refuge we had after going through a storm of life.

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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