Wednesday, January 20, 2021

a note from a reader

With the money I make from the sales of paperbacks and e-books I've been donating books to others that are grieving,  especially widows. I received a note from someone who had read my book. Her husband passed away 2 months ago. They also had three boys. However he was in his 80s and they had been married for 57 years.

Here is part of what her note said: "Thank you for sharing your poignant book on grieving with me. I found it quite therapeutic. I started journaling as well, but it tended to be more mundane things like daily activities and meal prep. After reading your entries, I have moved on to (joyless) grieving notations. Your Bible references were also a great comfort for me. As other widows have told me "things don't get better they just get different". It sounds as if you and your sons are gradually moving on. Keep putting one foot ahead of the other. I'll keep you all in my prayers."

When she brought me this note, she asked me how I was doing and when I told her that I was doing really well, she told me that that gave her hope. I pray that I am able to help others by sharing my story.

There are still hard times and there always will be but I also have found it to be therapeutic to focus on the joy each day. I thank God every morning for giving me the life he has and pray that he continues to bless me on this journey.