A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

The Healing Process

As many of you know, my husband died almost two months ago.  We had been married for 49 years.  It had been almost a decade since his first stroke.  I knew each time I left the house that when I came home, he could be gone.  Every time I passed his bedroom, I checked to be sure that he was still with me. Yet, like most couples who live with this reality, our lives together grew closer and sweeter, rather than separate and bitter.

Three weeks after his death, we had Camp Agape, which is our annual spiritual retreat with our Special Gathering members.  I cannot tell you much this spiritual retreat coupled with exhaustive work and relaxing fun healed me.  Special Gathering members are the most loving, caring people in the world.


This past month has been a sober time of remembering and throwing away.  I’ve thrown away and distributed Frank’s clothes and possessions.  Additionally, I’ve sorted through my life to discard the things which have held me back from totally giving myself to Christ.  This process brought more healing for me.

I am also deeply grateful for the love that has been shown to me and my family.  The flowers, donations to Special Gathering, cards, food and gifts have been treasures that we will remember all of our lives.  The many simple acts of gentle kindness have made me realize how much expressions of love can bring healing to those who grieve.  I will never again underestimate the importance of a card or a phone call.

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Willing to Change
Last May I was working when I made a mistake.  While I understood that I was to blame, my first reaction was to fix blame in other places.  As I look back on my reaction, I realize it was unrealistic for me to revert into defensive mode, ...

posted 9:26:41am Oct. 07, 2015 | read full post »

Justice and Mercy
As we know, it was God's undeniable sense of justice that demanded that He allow Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross.  However, it was God's mercy that allowed this perfect human to be killed for the sin of all mankind.  While we can do ...

posted 11:43:14am Jun. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Explaining Grace
In the past weeks, I’ve been going over some of the key words in our covenant relationship with God with the members of my community who are intellectually disabled.  Perhaps one of the most important words we use is grace. Most of us have ...

posted 5:55:58am Jan. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Holidays and grief
Today, I heard again the Christmas song about the little boy whose mother is dying on Christmas eve and he wants to buy her shoes to wear as she goes into heaven. He doesn’t have enough money to buy the shoes and a person in line gives him the ...

posted 8:29:32am Jan. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Can You Come?
Maddie is one of those people within the mentally challenged community whom everyone loves.  She is friendly and happy.  Maddie makes everyone feel as though they are her "extra-special friend."  Several years ago Mattie and her husband ...

posted 12:20:34am Dec. 29, 2014 | read full post »


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