Remembering: Part II

When I received this very unexpected package in the mail, I wept. Ok, yes, in general I’d say I cry easily. But when people go out of their way to do something so kind, thoughtful and unexpected, it warms my heart in the deepest way. 

Along with jewelry that gives me a tangibly reminder of our baby, Scripture is the greatest source of comfort and encouragement–what better, then, to combine the two. 

This teardrop necklace is a reminder that our tears are not forgotten by God, that he sees us and knows. 

You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book.
— Psalm 56:8

The company Bottle of Tears is an incredible way to send love to those in your life who are going through a hard time. Along with the necklace came two prints of Bible verses and a note from the thoughtful senders (thank you, Joe and Christy!). 

Another thing I’ve come to learn and value even more through this suffering is how meaningful it is to reach out to those in pain. You may feel, as I often did before, that you don’t know the “right words” to say, or be intimidated by the gravity of the situation, feeling you can’t relate to what they are experiencing. 

Ya know what? Its ok that you don't know exactly what to do. Just do something. Though words are helpful and encouraging, you can’t say anything that will change what they are going through–they don’t expect you to. But saying or doing nothing can contribute to the feelings of isolation and loneliness that hard times can bring. 

I feel so blessed to have people in our lives who are willing to step into the possibly awkward situation of asking how we are doing, not afraid if tears will come or they don’t know what else to say. So many, both those close to us and some I’ve never met before, have taken time to send texts, packages, cards–it means the world.

Take the minute out of your day to connect with those in your life walking in the valley right now. You don’t need to spend any money to show you care, just remind them they are not in this alone.