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Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace (Morgan James Faith) Paperback – March 31, 2015
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Susan B. Mead, a medical technologist with an MBA, spent 22-plus years in the diabetes sector with Johnson & Johnson prior to founding the blog Agog4God.com, A Gathering of Girlfriends and Guys for God. After Susan lost her youngest son, she came to realize that even when things get broken, discarded, or replaced, people matter most. Susan is a Charter Blogger on the Bible Gateway Blogger’s Grid, has been published in Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO), and has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world.
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We had the pallbearers lined up for Kyle’s service. Both hockey teams that Kyle had played for were going to be honor guards, and his closest friends were the pallbearers. One of his dearest friends, Steven Robertson, who we call Bub, even flew into Louisiana from Sydney, Australia to serve as a pallbearer for Kyle. And a friend on the Isle of Wight lit a candle for this twenty-year-old young man. How is it that some folks know people all over the world? Even in a short twenty years, Kyle lived―exuberantly!
Imagine my horror, then, when I found out that one of Kyle’s closest friends, Kenny, had been with Kyle when he purchased drugs which, combined with a beer later that evening, caused respiratory distress, resulting in Kyle’s death. Kyle’s body was still in Lafayette and the funeral was to be scheduled once he had been released from the morgue and transported up to Shreveport, so timing was still up in the air at that point.
I immediately called Matt to say that I could not have Kenny as a pallbearer. Matt’s words were simple, eloquent, and have subsequently changed the course of my life: “Mom, God’s already forgiven Kenny. You need to too.”
“Oh, Matthew, I will have to pray about that.” And the burden lifted a little. God gave me the grace to forgive Kenny, for Kenny had―and still has―the heaviest load to bear. He carries it each and every day. His friend died. That cannot be changed. But it is our response to an event that shows our character, not the event itself. So how was I going to respond?
I called Kenny the next day to let him know how absolutely disappointed I was in the decision that they both made, but Kyle loved him and would want Kenny there for him―and I would be honored for him to be a pallbearer for Kyle. Kenny is doing well to this very day―and served our country with honor. Rejoice!
And that’s God―pouring His grace out on His children. You see, God knew we both needed His grace―to move from broken to breathing to blessed, free, and forgiven.
Have you needed to forgive someone? Did you forgive them?
Have you prayed to God to lift that burden off of you―and then freely given the load to Him?
Did you feel the burden lighten?
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From the second I picked it up, I found tears streaming down my face. Some tears from feeling her pain in grief, others letting go of some of my own. Then there were tears of joy while she pushes the reader to find those special moments throughout their own life that God made His presence known in the darkness.
Dancing with Jesus: From Grief to Grace is a must read for anyone that has ever experienced the lost of someone dear to them from someone who has felt it all too well. A vessel for healing the broken-hearted through the Ultimate Healer.
Have you gone through some horrible grief in life? Have you been through it more than once? Are you still grappling with grief trying to get your head above those murky waters? I have been there several times, and so has Susan B. Mead. She shares very honestly about the pits of despair, and how God reached to lift her up every time. He sustained her through the Bible which is His Word, prayer, and showing her His light along the way. Her sister, Bette, died in her prime very unexpectedly. Her beloved uncle passed away, then when her healthy, full of life son also died unexpectedly, it rocked her world. Where did they go? Were they alright? Well, God showed her, and gave her that peace that passes our human understanding, and filled her with strength, healing, and joy running over. He is the perfect and the only true source of those things. He loves each of us and waits for us to come to Him, sometimes wooing us patiently for a long time.
I encourage you to read "Dancing With Jesus;" more than once. I believe it will help you find comfort. Maybe it has been long enough that you have processed through your grief. I still recommend that it is a good book for you to purchase for someone else you know who is going through the grieving process. I pray above all that you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. If you do not, I invite you to just ask Him to forgive you and live in your heart to be your Lord and Savior. I am not a chaplain, as Susan B. Mead is. She is a good person to talk to about Jesus, and I know she would love to talk to you about it. Either way, Jesus will fill you and take your hand and never let it go.