So this week I'd like to repost the only blog I ever wrote about two of my kids and what they thought about their mom going public with her book about widowhood in 2012.
I hadn't seen Brad and Lisa for over a year, so my trip to Seattle over Thanksgiving was really special for me. Just in case they were interested, I took along one of my books, Postcards from the Widows' Path. I don't push this book on anyone---not even my kids! Can you imagine my surprise when they asked for their books? "You brought me a copy of your book, right, Mom?" They were each expecting one!
|The Seattle branch of my
my son Brad, and daughter Lisa
After I got home from Seattle, I stewed and stewed. What would I write? A few days ago my time was up and I simply had to mail it. Here's what I finally wrote:
Dear Brad, When I had no words, God did. And His words filled my silence and pain just like your dad said they would. Here's my heart. Love always, Mom
After that, I thumbed through Postcards from the Widows' Path for the first time in several months, looking at it from a fresh perspective. And you know what? Please don't take this the wrong way, but it's really good! I can't believe I wrote it! It's honest, and gentle, and alive. And the wonderful thing is that as you read the story of Ruth, Naomi and me--- your own hope begins to grow.
The various Bible verses I found are so rich and truthful, speaking directly to the pain and needs of grieving people. The prayers are simply stated but deeply saturated with the character of God and the human condition. Naomi and Ruth step out of history and into daily life. And woven throughout the pages we see that the veil of eternity is only a heartbeat away.
Others have told me the book is powerful . . . it's one of the best books for widows . . . I felt joy and wonder as I read . . .
So, since I mention resources for widows on Thursdays, please allow me to recommend my own resource. You know I won't mention it often, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't. It's just that I feel awkward when talking about it to anyone, even my kids. Click right here to order, or pass this link along to "Santa." Consider getting an extra copy for your church library or for a gift for another widow.
Thank you for letting me share a bit of my personal life and family with you today. And if your holidays don't live up to the traditional pictures of the past, I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that mine don't either. Life's an adventure, not a re-play. We never know what to expect and that keeps our eyes fixed on following Jesus through it all. ♥ ferree