The title is a description of my old life...but these days I ramble on about widowhood, homeschooling, single parenting, adoption, special-needs parenting, & living a life I never planned for or expected - a life that God, thankfully, continues to strengthen & equip me for daily...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
DIARY OF AN UNWILLING WIDOW
Sept. 10, 2013
My husband is dead.Oh, dear God – he is dead.He is never, ever coming back.Never.He is gone.
Not exactly a news flash, I
know.For three months I’ve dealt with
this reality and done the things a widow must do.I bought a casket, a plot, and a gravestone, planned a
funeral, picked out my husband’s final outfit, stoically greeted guests at his
visitation and made it through the funeral without collapsing.I’ve deleted his name off all our shared accounts,
figured out the finances, and reorganized his files.I’ve gone through most of his belongings and
am contemplating removing my wedding ring.I’ve slept alone for 97 nights.I’ve comforted my weeping children and clumsily attempted to point them
to the One who wants to carry their deep hurt. For months I’ve walked around,
dazed, clinging tightly to the only thing that made sense – an all-loving,
all-knowing, and all-good God.
My head has known Paul is dead,
but it is finally piercing my innermost self.Now, my heart is realizing he is dead, too.The grief is shattering as my heart attempts
to accept the reality.I feel like this leaden
weight inside my chest has suddenly exploded, hurtling shards of grief into
every corner of my body.I cannot bear
it.He is dead.He is gone.There is no more Paul.I have no
husband – no lover, no friend, no protector.I am quite sure I cannot bear this pain.It will kill me before I survive.
But yet, I know that somehow, I will
survive.And then what?What remains?
Our love.The love that began when we were two 19 year
old freshmen at BibleCollege.The love that
blossomed across the miles as we wrote letter after letter to each other,
heartsick and missing one another.The
love the eventually joined us together at the altar and into newly married
life. The love that produced five children and made room for two more.The love that endured through trials and
heartbreak and disappointment. The love that stretched thin at times, and
sometimes seemed ready to break and not quite enough for what we thought was
needed.The love that continued to bind
us together as we grew, tighter and tighter, until at times it seemed we were
no longer two separate people but a single unit.
The love that could not be buried
one June afternoon.
God is Love.He remains.Through every trial, every heartbreak – even this heartbreak, He
remains steady, pure, and compassionate.He holds me close when my legs falter and I want nothing more than to
escape into a black nothingness.When I
don’t understand and I want to demand answers, He doesn’t disappear, but
quietly remains.He is all I have. He
must be enough.
When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood Support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.
and so very, very broken tonight.But
not without hope – never without hope.