On February 27, 2007, it was six months since the terrible loss of our son, John. It is impossible to put into words the “inner earthquake” I have been experiencing as I walk this road of tragic loss. I’ve learned through past losses that grief is not something you can walk around…you must walk through it, and allow it to help you somehow find a place in your heart and life in which to place this unbelievable experience. I believe the grieving process is a strange and painful, yet loving provision from God. Without it, a human being would not survive the losses that occur in this life.
One of the unexpected “gifts” I’ve received recently is the ability to express my emotions and experiences through poetry. They’re very personal to me, but I am sharing them with you with the prayer that someone may find a tidbit of hope, comfort, or encouragement as they read my individual experience at this very difficult time. I take great comfort in the verse from the Bible which describes Jesus as “a man of sorrows…acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). I know that I am not alone.