One month ago today, my beloved wife, Robin, passed away suddenly. There have been some difficult moments, especially when I think of things, or do things that she was usually a part of or had an interest in. How does one cope with the sudden loss of a loved one?
Robin, as many know, suffered a lot in her life. She was on oxygen around the clock, and slept with a ventilator at night. That seems like a lot, but that is only one part of the things that she had to endure. Knowing that she no longer suffers, or has to deal with many hassles that most people could only imagine, helps to ease the pain of her loss. But most of all, knowing that she is with the Lord is a big help to me. She loved the Lord, She wasn’t able to do much in service to Him, but she did what she could. Right up to the very last, she went to worship services and Wednesday Bible study, often when she was not feeling very well at all.
Knowing that I will be with her again is a wonderful encouragement to me. Like David when he lost his baby son (2 Sam 12:23), though she cannot come to me, I will someday go to her, A passage that I have read many times to encourage those who have lost loved ones is now an encouragement to me. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 promises “….and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Last, but not least, Having two wonderful children has been such a blessing to me. The have both spent many hours with me, and I with them. I would encourage families who have lost loved ones to spend time together often.