Weary of Loss, but Rejoicing Anyway

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This week the prompt is:  Weary.

Last week the prompt was Dance, and I could not write at all.  In fact, I snorted to myself when I read that.  Why?

Because I’m weary!

I’m so weary of pain and death.

October 25 my dad died.  I’m blessed by so many things, not the least of which is that I was there in time to say goodbye and to be with my mom.  I’m blessed by my amazing siblings and the way we all stood together for his service and for my mom.  I’m blessed by his life, his service to others and his steadfast faith and what it inspires in me.

But I’m weary of death.

As we landed in my parent’s town and drove from the airport, my husband got word that his grandmother wasn’t expect to make it through the weekend.  He rented a car and took our kids down to say goodbye.  An hour away from grandma’s care facility, they got word that she went to sleep in Jesus.

Upon returning home this week we found out a dear soul and prayer warrior that has blessed us for years has also passed away.

Yesterday, an alumnus from a school is our same conference was killed in a car accident on his way to a fun event.  I didn’t know him, but it is still news that smacks one in the face when students you care for are faced with loss.

Weary of death.  Weary of this life – this life that is not running as God designed.  Oh yes, I’m fully aware that God is still in control but sin has changed His original plans  and sometimes THIS LIFE is HORRID.

Well, this is depressing, right?

It’s not.  I promise.  I am weary.  But I have a solution.  Before I get too carried away sounding like David in Psalm 6:  “I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears” I can change that.

I believe it’s okay to be weary.  God does not like death either.  But He’s got a plan that I need to remember.  There are two Bible promises I want to share today:

Isaiah 40:28-31.  This one is my daughter’s favorite and one we exchanged today.  I’ll pass it on to you.

God gives strength to the weary!

God gives strength to the weary!

I Corinthians 15: 54-57.  Death has no power over us.  The pain is felt, but it’s not forever, because Christ covered forever with His sacrifice!

Death has no victory - that belongs to Christ!

Death has no victory – that belongs to Christ!

 

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  • I’m sorry for your losses. When it rains it pours. My uncle passed on 10/30. I’m weary from a job that brings so much death and devastation to the lives of people, I’m out of tears for their sorrow. I pray you and your loved ones have peace. ❤️
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  • I’m so sorry for your losses, Carol, and so admire your steadfast, inspiring faith…the inextinguishable light shining through the tears.

    #2 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2015/11/your-dying-spouse-82-not-weary-at-all.html
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  • I too am so so weary of death too. That 1 Corinthians verse is a good reminde that death does not have the final word but God does. Oh and that Isaiah verse one of my faves too. Love you friend!
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  • Sorry for your losses. He is in control but death is so difficult and deeply wearying. May you know the embrace of Abba tonight in the midst of the loss and heartache. Grace and blessings to you and thanks for sharing!

  • I am so sorry!
    I read your post with so much compassion.
    It is well!
    Don’t be Discouraged!
    God Bless Carol
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  • Carol, I am so sorry for your loss, of which there have been many. Our hearts do grow weary when it we have no time in between those losses to breathe & have time to rest in Him. As I read this post, this is the verse which came to my mind as I prayed for you & your family: “Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14, NLT)
    In Him,
    Joanne XO
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  • Carol, I am truly sorry so much death and loss has smacked you in such a short period of time. I so appreciate the verses of hope that you shared in your post. I am praying for you today, Carol. And sending a virtual hug.
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  • Oh so much pain in so little time! I am sorry for your losses and will be praying for all those affected by them!
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  • carol, what beautiful, hopeful words from GOD during such a sad, broken time! thanks so much. praying for encouragement to you all as death is coming at you so strongly these days:(
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  • Carol, I am sorry for your loss. I hear you on this whole death and dying thing. We had 5 funerals in the month of October and that was just a little overwhelming! Praying God’s strength and peace to you today! Thank you for sharing your words with us!
    Rachel Quigley recently posted…When you are weary from this worldMy Profile

  • It’s definitely hard for the loss to come in waves, you hardly get past one then the other one happens. Too much can make us very tired. Take care of yourself in the loss of your dad, I lost mine two years ago then I lost my mom last year. It is rough, I also lost my old dog and then my old cat. God is our strength when we are not sure if we can take one more step.
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