Friday, January 9, 2015

Beauty in Bleakness





      I am glad to see the year 2014 behind us.  It was a painful year with the devastating loss of our son, Scot.  There have been many grief stricken days with the temptation to give up on life in this world.  Pain can be such a portal for darkness and despair. Negativity attempts to come in and transform us into helpless, weak and fearful creatures. The world tells us to seek counseling, to take a pill to dull the hurt, to run away from fully experiencing the incomprehensible loss.
    But the Holy Spirit is there for our bidding, ready to come to our aid, providing the encouragement and strength we need to find sustenance. If we only ask, He will infuse us with the courage to go on, and to have hope for future joy. Which direction we go rests entirely upon our own choices, moment by moment--despair or faith? Looking inwardly, or looking up? If we determinedly choose faith we will find that He opens our eyes to see the beauty, even in the cracks and crevices of such grey bleakness. We will find life, even in the shadows.
     We have had, thankfully, a house full of our children and grandchildren for the past month.  It has been such a blessing to be surrounded by love and laughter and physical contact with those we love. I have forsaken this blog, my Ebay store, and everything else while they were here. I wanted only to cherish each moment with them. I realize how suddenly life can change, and how important it is to seize each contented moment and savor it completely. It is important to be entirely present with those around us, free of distractions. I am so thankful that they came, and that Sweetface and I could both spend so much time with them.
     Now that they have all returned to their own homes I am left to regroup and to contemplate the new year of 2015. What lies ahead of us? Part of me shudders to think of the unpredictability of it all. Part of me says, "I trust in Divine guidance and an abundance of blessings. I trust Jesus to bring healing and prosperity, in body, soul and spirit."  And I think I will go with that. I want to travel the path to the joyful rewards of faith in a completely loving Father. Even if it is uphill. Even if it is upstream, and against the grain. Even it is that lonely road, very much less traveled. 
     Whatever difficulties may have come your way in 2014, I hope you will, too.  Let's encourage each other with kindness, in this ever harsher world, to dare to run past everything that attempts to entangle us. Let's even race, laughing, to the top of the hill!




  1. Hi Linda, I can so relate to the year you've just survived as my family also had a devastating loss in 2014...our precious father. One of the things that has helped me in the grief process is a little book called "Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief" by Martha Whitmore Hickman. This book was provided through a grief support group at my church. Every page is dated and contains a short reflection on some aspect of the grief process, one for every day of the year. It has helped give structure to my healing with small "bites" that I can ponder each day. Like you, I rely on God's eternal love to pull me through. The photos in your post today are lovely (as always) and remind me of His presence. My thanks to you! Cheryl

    1. My condolences on the loss of your father, Cheryl. Someone gave me that same book, which was nice. Thank you for the sweet comment.

  2. My heart goes out to you, Linda - I'm truly sorry for your devastating loss. Take comfort in knowing you have family, friends and readers that love you and will help you thru this. xoxo

  3. Thank you so much, Susan. That is truly what makes it all bearable, plus God's comfort. :-)

  4. Take my hand and let's run together! I love you sooooooo much, Linda. I will be here to always encourage and love. Big hugs to you. tb

  5. 2014 was probably your toughest year ever and I pray that 2015 will be a great one. As you said, keep looking upward! ps... loved the photo's... and the pic of you by the short loop sign. ;)

  6. Love!!! Such wisdom....such difficult, but Spirit-filled choices! Keep looking up, dear one!!! :)