New Year; New Pain; New Blessings

Have you heard the old saying – Today is the first day of the rest of your life? Today is the first day of a new year. Some bereaved parents have said that there is a little extra sorrow on the day you turn over the calendar. Somehow it seems as if you are a little farther away from your child because he or she didn’t live in this year. I’m sorry for that new layer of pain.

So I want to acknowledge that it’s a new year with a new little bit of pain. There will probably be other new griefs in your grief. But there are also new blessings available to you for each and every day all year.

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24

See that your job is to wait. This is not a passive or generalized waiting. It is waiting for Him and for His action and intervention in your grief, for your healing. Wait.

May you, in your waiting, know Him better and feel His blessings flow abundantly.

Blessings in this new year.