When we are grieving, time is on our side. Time is our friend as we work our way out of pain and loss. Time allows for the immediacy of grief to dissipate. Time waits for motivation to return. Time allows rest and recuperation and relief. Time is indeed the great healer.
It’s been a year since the shocking, swift death of my beloved wife. I miss her every day. But time tells me I can move on. Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting. Moving on does mean that grief is loosening its grip, freeing me from a holding pattern.
I know there will be set-backs – stop-action moments when something trips me up. That’s okay. Grief has long tentacles and doesn’t give up easily. I have faith that my family and friends will keep in touch and keep me on track. I have faith in God, who has kept me through these years. Even if we think we’ve lost our hold on faith, God still holds on to us.
This message is excerpted from “The grief puzzle” by Ron McCallum in the November 2021 Gather magazine.
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