I miss him. I really, really miss him. I want Warren…here…at home…with me!! I want to hear his voice and put my hand on his arm. I want to sit with him. I want to look at his face and into his eyes. I want to say to him “I love you” and hear him say ” I love you too, Mom”. I want to call out his name and have him answer. Instead of figuring out how to “handle” our first day of school without him, I want desperately to discuss the first day of school WITH him! I just miss him. I really, really miss him.
My pain is great and my sorrow seems consuming. When relief does come, it seems brief . My tears are frequent and harder to hold back. The strength I do have is reserved for Grace and Bill. I love them both so dearly…and it hurts to know they are struggling as well, to carry their own pain while trying their best to keep moving forward. We are all doing it differently…but we are all hurting deeply.
I hesitate to share these thoughts that are typically only for my personal journal…and honestly, even as I type I have no idea if I will actually hit ‘publish’. I keep typing and deleting, trying to make this …not so sad. I feel like I should have already put a scripture in here to assure you that “Jesus is STILL enough” …HE IS and I WILL….but first I need to be real and share with you how much Warren is missed and how much we still need you to pray for our family.
As summer comes to a close and a new school year begins we are faced with a pretty big “first” without Warren. Even the week, leading up to the first day of school, has been emotionally hard. So many memories of ‘this time last year’, as well as all the things my 9th grader is missing out on. Yes, I know he doesn’t see it that way…but as his mother, who is still waiting for The Day to see everything with perfect clarity, and to know everything completely(1 Cor. 13:12), my heart aches to have him here…with me.
So….. we miss him, and we are hurting, but life continues on around us…Bill is crazy busy with work..traveling and preparing for trial. He continues to add to his already full plate, because he’s always been a hard worker and that’s what he does! (very well, I might add) Grace is getting ready for her first day of 7th grade. She starts Monday. We said we would practice this week by going to bed early and getting up early…but that hasn’t really happened. 🙂 I mean…seriously, why would we do that? Since God is allowing me this season to ‘stay at home’…(whatever that means) I am trying to be intentional with my time and alert to how God wants to use me in and out of the home.
living while grieving…or grieving while living ~ we are doing it, one day at a time, ONLY because His grace continues to meet us in the middle of our pain and suffering.
A friend reminded me of these verses in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
…For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
I believe that God has used and continues to use your prayers to strengthen and heal our family. God is sovereign and His plan is being accomplished in and through our lives, AND He is using you as you remember us in prayer. Thank you! We need Him..desperately, and He desires that we intercede for each other.
Satan wants to steal our future and make us feel hopeless…He does not care that we are grieving..In fact, I think he sees an opportunity to attack and would love nothing more than for us to believe the lie… that it is not possible to ever be happy again. We would so appreciate it if you would continue to pray for us.
I love in scripture where it describes the saints, that have gone before us, as cheering us on…I’d like to think that Warren is shouting…”Come on Mom! You’ve got this Dad! Way to go Grace! Fix your eyes on Jesus! He is coming soon!!”
I am challenged to persevere through my suffering so that others may be encouraged. When people look at me may they ONLY see Christ. Thank you Jesus, that I am forgiven. Thank you that by Your wounds I am healed. Thank you that you are for me and not against me. Thank you that you are the lifter of my head. Thank you Jesus that you understand our suffering. Thank you that you have already equipped us for the journey. Thank you for your unfailing love and comfort.
It’s been almost 9 months since Warren went to Heaven. We miss this boy so much…It’s exhausting some days, a lot of days! I wouldn’t describe the journey as getting easier, in fact in some ways it seems harder as the ‘fog’ is being lifted and we face more and more of the harsh reality.
But… as we move further along in this journey, we are able to look back and remember and see God’s faithfulness. His goodness. What He has done for us these last 9 months, He will continue to do. Thank you again for praying and continuing to reach out and encourage us. We love you and are grateful for you.
Help us, Lord, not to become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal. 6:9)
You, O God, will never leave us. Never will you forsake us. (Heb. 13:5) You are the only absolute guarantee we have in all of life. Help us cling to the one thing we can never lose.
You, Lord, are close to the brokenhearted and save those who are crushed in spirit. (Ps. 34:18) You are surely so close to us, Lord. Help us to sense your presence in our life. We need you more than we need our next breath.
(from Praying God’s Word ~ Beth Moore)