Have you wondered how God can give us a crown of beauty instead of ashes?
Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at Medium.com for Koinonia about how God gives us a crown of beauty instead of ashes.
It has been nearly two years since the greatest loss of my life and I could not believe that it still hurt so much. It was a Sunday morning before church. I woke up with a feeling of heaviness and despair, an icy ball in my stomach, and an urge to cry, although no tears were coming out. I just wanted to close my eyes and continue sleeping, hoping I could be with my love again, at least in my dreams.
Two years. It has been two years of living a life that I didn’t choose for myself and I didn’t want. With the unexpected death of my husband and best friend, I lost the things I cherished the most after my relationship with God: my family that made me secure and protected, my godly husband who was the closest person I had in this life, my expectations of a future together and my nest in the beautiful country of Austria.
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Living in Ashes
So many unbearable losses! Every day I long for his love, companionship, and ordinary, daily moments with him. I simply miss his presence, which was an integral part of my life.
Loneliness became my constant companion. Even when I am among people, enjoying their voices and presence, I feel alone. Nobody can understand my grief. I keep talking to people and friends sometimes, but often they don’t answer me, and it is obvious the topic makes them feel awkward.
Nearly every day, I ask God: “How can I live without Thomas?”, “Do you have a future for me and what does it look like?” In my grief, the most difficult thing for me is to imagine my future. All my hopes, dreams, and expectations died. The loss cut them with the sharp knife of permanent separation.
Finding Strength in the Lord When We Face Losses
Read the rest of the post at Medium.com and be strengthened and encouraged.
More Encouragement for You
If you need more resources to encourage you and help you when you face losses and deal with grief, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
The Book of Comforts by Hadassah Treu
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser
A Grace Revealed: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life by Jerry L. Sittser
Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge
All Things New by John Eldredge
It’s not supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst
Grieving the Write Way Journal and Workbook by Gary Roe
Suffering and the Heart of God by Diane Langberg
Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley
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