I live in New England where winter is long. It is October, and the leaves have been turning and falling from the trees for several weeks. Yet I hesitated getting out our winter coats; it still felt warm.
Last week, winter bit down on us for the first time this year. Frost on the grass and ice on the car made me see that winter was indeed, inevitable.
Though I knew that winter was coming, the inevitable was not real for me until it had happened.
I think it is similar for those of us who have a child with a poor prognosis for survival. We know that their passing is going to happen, but we can still be shocked when it does. It will be, or has been, the most difficult and painful experience of our lives. Though prepared, there was never any way to be ready.
PRAYER: Lord, sometimes the pain of life and loss can seem unbearable. You are a God of miracles, and I ask that you perform a miracle in my heart today. Heal me, ease my pain and sorrow. Help me to go on. You are the Source of rest and strength. I turn to You in Jesus' Name, Amen.