Facing Loss

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By: Gabriela Yareliz

Some nights, I listen to Delilah on the radio. Old habits that stay a lifetime, I guess. There is something soothing about her voice and wisdom when night falls. Stories and old favorite songs float around in the darkness as slumber finally seduces the senses into stillness. I love the stories, and I have written about the stories I hear on the show on the blog before.

Tonight, I was listening to the radio show, and I heard a story that was so sad. It is a tragedy. A woman called to let her friend know she is there for her. Apparently, the friend’s brother was killed in an accident. He was getting out of his car to help a dog, and a truck hit him.

The woman started sobbing on the phone while talking about her friend’s loss.

I didn’t want to share the story to depress everyone, but hearing this story helped me remember how important it is to constantly be praying for one another.

Let us pray for this woman and her family. They have suffered a terrible loss. Let us pray for all of the broken hearts and shattered spirits around the world.

The woman who called sobbing for her friend also reminded me about the meaning of love. It’s about crying together and celebrating together. It’s about being there no matter what.

Let’s be true friends. Let’s be a caring outstretched hand. Let’s allow ourselves to be moved for others. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to feel pain.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

Some promises to keep in mind:

“Be of good courage,
and He will strengthen your heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
(for He is faithful that promised;).”
Hebrews 10:23

“Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer;
thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am.”
Isaiah 58:9

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

God’s promises never fail.

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“God is patient; God is kind. God does not envy or boast; God is not proud. God is not rude, self-seeking, nor easily angered. God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.”

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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