My husband and the kids and I slept over at my mother-in-laws’ place last Easter Sunday. It still seems surreal that my father-in-law is not there — and all that is there to remind us of his presence is a picture of his smiling face. Sometimes I feel as if he has just gone away on vacation, and will be returning after a long while. Weird, I know, but it comforts me a bit to think of it that way — for after all, isn’t our life here on earth but temporary? Isn’t our existence here on earth just a shadow of what is to come? (Which is, hopefully, an eternity in heaven.)
Of course, we are still mourning. It’s only been — what — three weeks exactly today? When we are with my mother-in-law, words fail me. I don’t know what to say, so I talk about the most mundane of things. I’m a bit scared to bring up the topic, because I don’t know how she is processing her grief now. For now, I guess, all I can do is pray — for her, for my husband and his siblings, and for our entire family. And for the soul of Daddy Rading, of course.
Which leads me to our Amazing Grace post for today. Just recently, I subscribed to email updates from Conversion Diary, a great blog by Jennifer Fulwiler, who is a convert from atheism to Catholicism. I’d actually heard of her blog before, and occasionally read it, but only chose to subscribe a few months back due to Twitter posts I’d seen by many Catholic moms. (Long story. But you guys MUST check out her blog!)
Anyway, I digress.
Jen’s most recent post contains links to “fabulous finds,” articles or blog posts which she recommends for reading. One of those posts contains “the must-read story of an amazing family who stayed strong in faith and hope despite unimaginable obstacles.” I just read it and I really think everyone else should, too.
Because, at the end of the day, I believe it really is true: Prayer is the greatest source of strength when you are hurting. If you won’t take my word for it, read the story Jen and I are referring to here.
Here’s to more Amazing Grace in our lives! 😉