INTERNATIONAL BEREAVED MOTHER’S DAY

TL BEREAVED MOTHER'S DAY

So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.  – Job 2:13

This day was created in 2010 and it now falls on the first Sunday of May.  The movement is meant to honor the memory of children called to heaven.  It’s also a support of sorts for grieving mothers.  It’s one thing to have tragedy strike and lose a child, but it’s another to feel alone in your grief.

Parental grief is intense, long-lasting, and complex. The grief and the healing process contain similar elements for all bereaved parents.  Finding others in similar situations will help you move forward, but don’t let anyone rush you through the healing process.

You’re not alone.  If you think you are, click on the You Tube video, the Carly Marie Project Heal website, the facebook event page or the blog on BlogSpot.com.  I invite you to connect with any of these folks because the worst thing you can do is grieve alone.  Grieving with others online is really unique in that you can say as much as you want to – and back away and be alone when you need to be alone.  The support is there for you when you need it.

https://youtu.be/1YdYS2bDjcI

http://carlymarieprojectheal.com/2012/05/international-bereaved-mothers-day.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/662766127106038/

http://internationalbabylostmothersday.blogspot.com/

I believe there is a special place in God’s heart reserved for those who have dealt with the loss of a child, or childlessness for any reason.  If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say that it’s not natural for a parent to outlive their child, well – let’s just say I’d be wealthy.

Although we know in our minds that Mother’s Day is the day to show honor and respect for our own mother, I know it’s still a very difficult time for the childless.  Some years I can’t go to church on Mother’s Day.  Those who love me understand.  Those who don’t – well, I guess they don’t understand.

BLESS ME IN THIS PLACE

Take a moment to say a prayer for the childless, particularly the ones who lost children in death and are left here to search for purpose and meaning in life.

May God Himself bless you with comfort for your soul as only He can. 

 

 

HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY

TL 8-8 HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY

I think most of us are happiest when we are doing something for someone else. Nothing gives me more joy than to be serving someone in some capacity. I don’t have to be doing anything that is earth-shattering or worthy of the evening news. Simple little acts of kindness make me feel more happy and content. I need to be needed and wanted – we all do!

Today is HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY!!!  I’m not making it up – it’s a real holiday and I think it’s a great idea for those of us who have lost loved ones. As I study the concept of happiness I’ve come to a couple of conclusions. I know without a shadow of a doubt that my family would want me to be happy. And to be happy, I need to be serving someone else – helping them along their journey in life.

Happiness isn’t on the road to anything – happiness is the road.  – Bob Dylan, quoting his grandmother

Whether it is service in your local church, or as a volunteer somewhere, we heal from our own issues better if we are helping someone else heal too. It’s how God made us – to help each other. I just have one question about the words to this next song. If a person felt like a room without a roof, then would that be considered a room anymore? If a room doesn’t have a roof, hmm… I don’t think it’s really a room. Some of these songs you just can’t over think.

As Christians we can be especially happy because we know our Lord has this crazy world under control! No matter how much bad news we hear (and there is plenty of it), we can look up and say, “Lord, I know You’ve GOT this!”

Happiness is the Lord – a song I learned many years ago, but one that has stayed with me every day of my life.

If you can’t find someone to help, pray about it. God will put someone in your path.  🙂