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Topic: Weary (05/03/12)
By Torey Barrett
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"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him." 1 Thessalonians 5:13-14 -NKJV
We tried to make that day the best that we possibly could. We opened gifts in the particular order that we always had,watched the same TV specials, and later we made the same big meal. However, it was far from normal. I'm not exactly sure how my sister and father were feeling throughout the day, but for me there was this huge hole in my world. In everything we did through those hours, I found myself continuously saying silent prayers to help me make it through. Every time I felt the sadness pulling especially hard at my heart, a delicately placed image of my mother in Heaven would unfold in my mind. I could imagine her standing up with Jesus and getting to see her mother and my dad's parents again. I could see her being reunited with every person she had ever loved who might have passed away already. It was a great comfort.
At some point in the day I stowed away to my room to read a scripture that had been helping me to breathe over the past year since this tragedy had unfolded.
"Since you are my rock and fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth." Psalm 31 -NKJV
Every single time I read that scripture, it felt as if those words were leaping off the page and shooting straight into my heart. It was as though the writing was screaming at me, telling me that God was going to make everything ok. He was going to heal my cracked, tired heart and fill my life with sincere happiness again. I felt like He was telling me that I was not alone and I was not abandoned in my severe agony. God would never leave me. Before I went back downstairs to celebrate the rest of Christmas with my family, I sat in the silence of my room. I listened to all the hurt inside of me fighting to drain my spirit and then, I let all the anguish quiet itself with the sweep of God's hand over my heart.
Scriptures from NKJV
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