For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
When sudden death strikes, it seems like there is no hope for getting through grief. But there is always hope. Like the sun, hope never leaves you. It is not always visible because clouds of grief obscure it.
You will get 99% through the grief caused by the sudden passing of your spouse between 12 – 18 months. One day you will suddenly realize that you are 99% through the worst of the grief. One day just when you least expect it, you will realize the worst of grief is over.
April 17th, 2008 was the day I realize I would get through grief. My devotion was about a warm spring day with crocus, daffodils, and trees in bloom. (obviously, the warm spring day was not yesterday.)
I stepped outside and all of a sudden I realized I had stepped into my devotion. For the crocus, daffodils, and trees were in bloom and the birds were singing their lovely song.
All this brought me hope. A trusted assurance that God would get me through the hell of grief.
And He Did.
Even though I still had bad days, I knew I would get through grief. It was work. A lot of days the most painful thing I did was to get out of bed. God saw me through the daily challenges. And He will see you through it too.
At some point in your journey through the first year, you will experience hope – an expected confidence that your joy will return.
And it will.
Just like the crocuses bursting forth from the frozen ground, for hope springs eternal.
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and is an amateur photographer.