The journey still aches

This morning as I read the blog of a sweet and insightful young woman, something she said struck me with its utter truth:

“The hard work of healing and restoration has begun, but the journey still aches.”

I guess that’s how I’m feeling. Big days loom before us, hard days. The day that would have been Michael’s 28th birthday. The first anniversary of his passing. They are coming. Each day brings us closer. And I know, I know it is going to be hard. Because although healing has begun, the journey still aches.

I struggle to know how to prepare for these hard days ahead. Prepare my own heart, and prepare to support Husband as he also works through this journey.

I’m reading Max Lucado’s new book, You’ll Get Through This. While I can’t say the content is ground-breaking, it is a wonderful reminder. In one example, Lucado records the words of a man who had to call his family members to let them know that his young son had died. The way he started each conversation?

Hold on to everything you know is good and true about the nature of God.

So that is what I will do. As the days and weeks of this journey continue to ache, I will hold on to all that I know about God.

A break in the clouds

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4 thoughts on “The journey still aches

  • September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Holly, I am so sorry for your loss. So so so sorry.

    This is my first visit to your blog (I think) and you immediately looked familiar. I explored around a little and figured out why. I used to work with your husband at Regent! Well, he worked downstairs in the Ordinary and I worked upstairs in the Student Services office. I remember him coming into the office to talk about you, and I remember when you guys got engaged. I thought his love for you was just the most beautiful thing ever. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your heart here, and thank you for visiting my blog. I’ll be praying for you guys…

    <3 Lauren

    • September 16, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Lauren, I knew you were somewhere close by (I’ve seen Regent “backdrops” in your photos), but I had no idea you used to work for Regent. I work for Operation Blessing (in the CSB building) so I’m still here every day, although Bob is no longer at the Ordinary.

      We appreciate your prayers very much, especially in the coming months.


      • September 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        My husband went to grad school at Regent! Please tell Bob I said hello (if he remembers me… it’s been a few years!) and that I’m so sorry for your loss. I am praying and will continue to! <3

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