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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 30, 2022

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FRIDAY, September 30      JEROME, Priest and Scholar, 420

Luke 6:21b Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

My husband died on my birthday. Many of my spirit-filled friends thought it was no accident. Still, it took me a while before I could grasp that my husband’s death on that day was not just by chance. I didn’t fully believe it until I looked at the plaque marking the spot in our church’s memorial garden where my husband’s ashes had been poured into the ground. I saw his birthday (Valentine’s Day) and my birthday (April Fool’s Day) together. It comforted me to see us forever linked together in that way. It was a vivid reminder that his love will always be with me.

I have done a lot of weeping in the days, weeks, and now years since my husband’s death from dementia. The best advice I have been given is this: if I felt like crying, I should cry it out, all the way to the end. That has been enormously helpful. On the first anniversary of my husband’s death, as the pandemic was just beginning, my daughter and I and our curate stood at the gravesite. We reminisced about my husband, his funeral, his life, and his death. And yes, we also laughed.

MOVING FORWARD: Is someone you know grieving? How can you support them in their grief?

PRAY for the Diocese of Murang’a South (Kenya)

Today the Church remembers .

Psalm 102 * Psalm 107: Part I | Hosea 10:1-15 | Acts 21:37-22:16 | Luke 6:12-26

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