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Category Archives: Death

What Do You Do with the Storms of Life?

Have you experienced the storms of life? Were those storms physical ones like Hurricane Matthew this past weekend? Maybe they were the storms of loss, change, or some other challenge.

As the winds of Hurricane Matthew howled and the rains deluged the East coast, I couldn’t sleep because of the noise from the storm. I wondered what the effects of the storm would be on the streets, neighborhoods, and power.

Although it was still windy and raining on Sunday morning, I woke up relieved to find the power on in my neighborhood, my home intact, and most trees still standing.

One couple did have a tree split and fall on their home. A neighbor had an uprooted tree that fell toward the street and spared her home. img_1282

My friend, “Maggie,” reminded me that the storm of losing her husband seven years ago left her and the children feeling sad and empty. She said, “As the anniversary of his death gets closer, our pain gets worse.”

I said, “I understand. As the Thanksgiving and Christmas season get closer, the storm of losing my mother and my son makes me sadder. Their absence becomes more difficult.”

We both agreed that eating right, getting enough sleep, and daily exercise help to face the storms of life. We also agreed that daily Bible study, prayer, and meditation also help.

My friend, Sharron, received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer stage 1. However, when she had surgery, the doctor said, “It’s stage 4 and has metastasized to the liver.”

That diagnosis has changed life for her, her family, and friends.

What will you do to cope when the storms of life change your life?

Psalm 88:9: “My eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you.”

Prayer: Dear God, I don’t always get a warning about the storms of life. Help me turn to you when they come. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega October 10, 2016

What Do You Do When You Feel Crushed?

“Gary told me he doesn’t want to marry me after all.” Michelle cried and twisted tissue on her lap. “It’s three weeks before the wedding. What am I going to do?” I listened and empathized with her as she sobbed. Michelle looked up at me and said, “I’m crushed. I felt certain he was the… Continue Reading

Where Will You Go for Help Today?

My late son’s birthday is this week. He enjoyed Chinese food, and I usually eat it at his favorite restaurant on his birthday. A social event postponed that tradition, but it hasn’t cancelled it. The past week I spoke in Pennsylvania. I stayed with a widow, and we exchanged memories of our loved ones. We… Continue Reading