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Like some of you, becoming widowed at a young age taught me the importance of valuing every moment, about our amazing ability to survive, move ahead and even love again. Most important, it also allowed me to experience God’s faithfulness during the hardest time of my life.
The apostle Paul said “He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” (II Corinthians 1:3-4, The Message) In sharing my story, I want to encourage others going through difficult times.
Everyone has a story, if one will only take time to listen. I was able to do that extensively when I took an extended leave of absence from my work as an HR Manager with Intel Corporation to care for Jerry. While we waited for a transplant, we listened to others’ stories and told ours. We shared laughter and tears.
*In an ice cream shop, we met the third longest-running rodeo clown in the United States. He shared his joy in training his nine-year-old son to follow in his steps.
*Our ‘regular’ waitress was comforted as we prayed with her for her teenage son in juvenile hall.
I talked with others waiting in sterile hospital rooms—
*the young mother whose fiancée was fighting his last battle with cancer;
*the nurse whose husband was dying; and
*the medical personnel who listened to and cared for us during Jerry’s hospitalization and subsequent death.
Several years after Jerry passed away I met a tall, gracious widower. After several weeks, he put a hand on my shoulder. “Is there a chance for a relationship between us down the road?” Don and I have now been married ten wonderful years and I try to apply the life lessons I learned through loving and losing a partner.
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