Hi. I’m Shelley Ramsey, author of the book, Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey. Here, I blog grace, grief, and gratitude. And on occasion I write about family life with my artists. Join me on my Facebook page, Grace, Grief, and Gratitude, won’t you?
Grace, Grief, and Gratitude
2002. That’s the year our lives were blown to bits; the year seventeen-year-old Joseph died in an inexplicable single-vehicle accident.
And I am growing to understand that God chose 2002 to begin a new work in the lives of my husband, two younger sons, and me.
2002. Nothing caught God by surprise that year. Nothing has ever caught Him by surprise.
On February 23, 2002, God called my eldest son to heaven. He is home. And I am homesick.
But God has work for me here.
And so I wrestle through my intense need for privacy to scratch down my stories of grief and hope for the big wide grieving world to read.
And on occasion, as my knees wobble and my heart pounds, I stand in front of an audience to give back a portion of the love, hope, and grace that’s been gifted to me.
Grace, grief, and gratitude. They’re divinely intertwined by the God who numbers the hairs on our heads and collects our tears in a bottle.
Because the battles pressing in on every side do not define us. Our identity rests in God’s unconditional love for us revealed in Christ Jesus. Without condition or reservation, He loves us deeply right where we are. That’s amazing grace! And it’s a gift.
Because each one of us will one day be stung by death when we are asked to give back a child, spouse, sibling, parent, or friend. Or, we will walk a loved one arm-in-arm down the road called Grief. And it’s imperative we know deep in our bones that God sits with us, suffers with us, and sustains us during those cold dark days.
Because no matter what else is going on in our lives, there is always, always something to be grateful for. Want to enter into the presence of God? Thank Him. Want to know joy? Thank Him. Always. No matter what else is going on. Thank. Him.
Grace, grief, and gratitude. Because you matter to God.