As we approach Memorial Day weekend, we mourn the loss of loved ones. We know we are ‘supposed’ to celebrate their memory.  But sometimes it just hurts. It’s hard to understand why things have to happen. This weekend, I am mourning the loss of both my parents and my only sister.  My parents both died within 6 months of each other, and they were WAY to young. That was only a couple of years ago.  My sister was killed in a car accident 22 years ago.  She left behind a husband and four children.  She was pregnant with the 5th. They say time heals. I’m not sure that is true, but it does take away the raw edges of the pain.  But even now sometimes it’s okay to just, cry.

Maybe you don’t have a loved one you are mourning.  Maybe you are dealing with something else entirely.  It could be a horrible sickness.  It could be the loss of your job. Or a broken relationship. I don’t know what life has handed you to deal with. But I hope someone does.  It is so important for us to share our troubles with each other. Sometimes it helps us to know that someone is willing to listen. Sometimes it takes our mind off our own problems for a little while when we listen to others. Here’s a new song that I like to listen to that does a good job of expressing some of the feelings of sadness, & loneliness. Listen to the words if you haven’t heard it yet. It is called What it feels like. We should always be praying for each other.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:14-16

It’s also important that we know it is truly okay to be honest with God.  He doesn’t really expect you to be happy and full of gratitude when you are in the depths of whatever personal hell you are going through.   Don’t believe me? Read the Psalms.  Or Lamentations.  Even Job does a bit of complaining.   There is a song that I love, called Better Than a Hallelujah by Amy Grant.  Check it out if you don’t know it.  The more honest you are with God, the more likely you will be able to feel his arms around you, helping you through.  Here’s another song for you, to help you know that God really is still there, holding you. This one is by Natalie Grant, and it is called Held

Whatever you are going through right now, I hope you have a good friend to help you through it.  I also hope you feel comfortable talking to God about it.  I would love to pray for you, and with you.

Have a wonderful, safe Memorial Day weekend!