Lent Reflection Saturday, March 28, 2015
I will turn their mourning into joy. Jeremiah 31:13
When a person is grieving, it’s hard to wake up in the morning. The awful realization that death has taken away a loved one is excruciating. But with God’s help, the wounds of grief will heal. At some point, a bereaved person might say: “I’ve survived.”
Though healing comes at a sluggish pace, it does come.
If your Lenten mornings are filled with sorrow, just feel what needs to be felt.
God is present, even in the pain.
Rest assured that healing will come.
Written by Nancy Jo Sullivan
Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.