At the temple there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.
Arthur Golden, Memories of a Geisha
I feel it. Loss is all around me.
Jesus never gave promises of a life without pain or trial. He only gives us the assurance that He can carry the load when I cannot.
My dad has cancer.
My mother-in-law is dying, and the family thinks it could be this week.
Our best friends at the lake have sold their cabin and moved.
Our best friends at our summer church have left the church and are going to another.
Our son is now over 5 hours away from us, (as he should be and we are so happy for him), but this means no more quick overnights at home for Mom's cookin' and watching a game together. Being an hour and a half away for 4 years spoiled us.
My body's reaction to the chemo is taking a toll......details are unimportant, but most days I feel like I am 100 years old.
My best friend is struggling right now and I am halfway across the country from her and cannot hug her.
I am walking through a season of sad, and my soul is in a world of hurt.
Arthur Golden is so right. You cannot read loss or even write about it adequately. You can only feel it. Try to take baby steps through it. Use God's shirttails until you get to the other side. Hold tightly to the hope that a season of joy may be waiting for you.