Jody Lynne

Intersecting Life and Faith

God’s People

(Planting flowers on my blog while another snow storm looms on our horizon)
God's people never cease to amaze me. I spoke with a gentlemen in church today whose wife of fifty-five years recently passed away. It was his first Sunday back to church after her going to meet Jesus. I was unable to visit with him at the calling hours or funeral so I was glad to see him and hug him. When I asked him how he was doing he said he was lonely...but what struck me was what he said next...
"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.

4 Comments

  1. That is beautiuful. Glad to read this. 🙂 Holly

  2. good story!

  3. Elaine W. Miller

    January 31, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    What a sweet story. I'm praying he doesn't find out what it means to be lonely because Jesus will fill his life (in a different way than his wife did), but still he'll not be truly lonely–ever. Appreciate your precious thoughts, Jody.

  4. Love the flowers 🙂 and the story.

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