"After taking care of martha(not her real name) everyday 24/7 for such a long time, it is a new way of life for me...and I will have to find out what it means to be lonely."
Huh?!! Did I hear him right?
?He kept talking about how his kids were always around now, wanting to follow him home from parties, take care of him, etc. But he kept telling them he could drive home alone, be alone, they didn't have to be around all the time. I was stuck back on "...I have to learn what it means to be lonely." Many hours later I am still thinking about it. And maybe I am making more out of what he said than he meant, but I did not hear Larry(not his real name), complaining, or languishing in despair, or blaming God that is wife was gone. I was privileged to visit with a man who was voicing his deepest feelings knowing that God heard him, knowing that he would have to learn a "new kind of normal", but God would be right there with him every step of the way. He is definitely grieving, but not as one who has no hope.
Thank you Larry for sharing your heart with me and trusting God will take care of you.