I am often on the road driving between my home in Michigan and my mom’s home in Kentucky. She is 96, and I visit her regularly. To help pass the eight hour day, I listen to CDs—everything from rock and roll to Christian music. Last week I made the trip to attend the funeral of […]
Death, sometimes, comes as a blessed relief from pain. In less than three weeks my family has lost two beloved aunts. Both were 90 and lived out their lives in service to God, their families, and others. Both had a strong faith and a longing to be reunited with family members who had gone ahead. […]
“Two sizes too small,” Dr. Seuss said of the Grinch’s heart in the beginning of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Later in the story, after the Grinch watched the Whos down in Whoville celebrate Christmas without any of the usual ribbons, tinsel, or gifts, his heart grew three sizes.
I can’t remember a past Christmas season when there was so much sorrow. A young mother in my community spends Christmas without her husband, who died suddenly. The unexpected death of a long-time church member who had a way of cheering up everyone she met. The daughter who buried her step-father earlier this year and […]
The Christmas season is tough for those who have lost someone. Especially if this is the first Christmas without your loved one. My first Christmas without my husband came exactly two months after his death, too soon for me to have done any healing. My children were at home with me. I think I passed […]