The Way Back From Loss - Finding Peace in the Storm
Recovering from loss is difficult, and each individual reacts differently, but The Way Back From Loss provides solace in knowing you are not alone.
Excerpt from The WAY BACK from LOSS by Wayne Hastings
Loss comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it is the loss of a job, a relationship, or a loved one, the pain associated with loss takes time to overcome. No matter where you are in the grieving process, Pastor Wayne Hastings' 60-day devotional, provides you with the comfort and encouragement you need to move on with life.
Part 1: Finding Peace in the Storm
Day 1: Crossing the River
We are like people who are crossing a rushing river. We can’t see the other side, but we know we need to get there. In front of us, in the water, is a line of stones. We step from stone to stone on our quest to get to the other side. Sometimes we’re fearful and we don’t want to take the next step. Sometimes our feet get wet either from slipping off a stone or just simply from the rushing water’s force and current. Slowly we progress from stone to stone. We slip and slide, but we make it. The best way to reach the next stone is by taking God’s hand. He gently helps and leads us as any good parent would help their child take those first few steps. Sometimes we let God help; sometimes we don’t.
Loss can paralyze us in the journey across the river. The unknown is a scary place. Though you want to go back and change the past, you can’t. An organizational whim at the office, the loss of a loved one, or a disrupted relationship has devastated you. You are stuck and the water (circumstances, ego, financial pressure, the economy, etc.) threatens to engulf you.
You desperately cling to each rock before you have the faith and trust to move to the next one. You may try to jump ahead a couple of stones and fall off into the water. The path changes without warning. It’s cold, wet, and uncomfortable; and you cannot clearly see what’s ahead. You don’t know the way. Your faith is tested and all you can do is cry out for help.
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