One of the older sisters in our church lost her husband last year. She knows loss. She also knows how to be a blessing to others who have experienced loss.
She gave me a large basket filled with individually wrapped little packages, each with a hand written scripture or quote. She asked that I just not open them all at once. So far I have opened smell good lotion, soap, body spray, lip balm, hair spray, jelly beans… and a bookmark. Each line means something to me. It reads:
God’s Promises to a Mother’s Heart
be your God. (Ezk. 37:27)
abundantly bless. (Ps. 132:15)
be with you. (Is. 43:2)
love you freely. (Hos. 14:4)
forgive you. (Jer. 31:33-34; Heb. 8:12)
give you a new heart. (Ezk. 11:19; 36:26)
not fail you. (Josh. 1:5; Heb. 13: 5)
strengthen you. (Is. 41:10)
ransom you from death. (Hos 13:14)
I will never leave you or forsake you. (Heb. 13:5)
Yes, today, I choose joy!