Death Is Very Personal
I’ve just returned from spending a week with Rachel Anna in Phoenix. I try to fly out from SC about twice a year to visit the younger of my two daughters, but this trip wasn’t planned. Her sweetheart of 3 years, Jason Milham, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 18th. He was a precious and talented young man, an amazing musician, and my heart grieves with his family, but especially for my sweet girl, my dear one.
Death is very personal. Rachel is walking in the hardest place of her 28 years and my Mama-heart bleeds for her. I would like to stop her pain, but I’m not her Healer. Thankfully, she knows the Healer well and knows His voice in her spirit. She will be taking some much-needed bereavement time off, but only has a few paid days. Her sweet sister, Rebecca, has created an opportunity for friends and family to be able to come alongside Rachel over the next few weeks and give her a “financial hug”.
I have been blessed enormously by the love many of you have shared with me in the form of kind words concerning my speaking, coaching, and writing – and so I’m letting you know about this need. Please consider sending Rachel some support during a critically-needed time of temporary leave from work to grieve the loss of her love.
Any amount is a blessing and your prayers are coveted for the healing of her heart! And this mama, who again is now 2,200 miles away from her girl, is praying without ceasing. When something is hurting your child, it hurts you so please join your prayers with my own! Together we can come alongside and lift Rachel up on our prayers in God’s love! And He truly holds us all…
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. (Jeremiah 29:11-12 MSG)
Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30:21 NLT)
My prayers for Rachel have been for God’s abundant healing and light and love, especially when I feel afraid and want to ease her pain and sadness. This morning, I was texting with a friend and had this thought. I plan to print this out and tape it to my bathroom mirror as a reminder:
“I think that when it’s the hardest to do, it must matter the most – to release our words of faith, healing, and love,
and the Father’s ability to meet the needs He shows us. He really can meet every single one.
And when He calls us to intercede – we refuse to give up, speaking life and light through believing prayer
right into wounds all around us.”
If you have a need in your life and want someone to come alongside you, I’d just be honored! Feel free to leave a comment and I will reply and pray for your needs, too.
Thank you from the bottom of my overflowing mama-heart!
From the desk by the window where the grass is gently blowing in the breeze and I’m feeling encouraged.
(c) March 28, 2017 – Robin Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC