God gives and takes away, but blessed be His Name. Author and mother Tricia Lott Williford talks about how God brought comfort after the unexpected death of her husband.
“Recently what I miss most about him is the feel of his scruffy cheek – the tangible presence of him, holding his hand. I miss the masculinity of him…I watched him take his last breath. The whole thing happened very very quickly. We said ‘until death parts us,’ and I was there when it happened. Robb was 35 and very suddenly gone. And I was 31, with two small children. And everything changed in the course of 12 hours. All of a sudden I was a widowed single mom, two days before Christmas, and everything I thought I needed was gone.”
How did God start to heal Tricia in the midst of her grief?
“I didn’t have room for [anger]. I couldn’t go there. What had happened had happened, and I needed to face what was in front of me right now. When crisis hits your life, it comes down to what’s in this moment and what to do next. That was one of the things I discovered – it’s about being in this moment, and I’m here, and God loves us… My heart is broken in ways that it cannot be restored this side of heaven.”
Listen in to hear:
- How grief changes someone:
- The grace God gives us to be present moment by moment.
- Establishing a support system in the aftermath of a loss.