speechless.

Not much renders me without words. I can normally formulate an opinion, draw a conclusion, put my heart into words. But this weekend, words escaped me.

My younger sister defines “faithful.” She radiates love and deep care. She faces adversity with strength that only comes from knowing an all powerful and loving God and Savior, Jesus Christ. She always puts others first, even if it is heart breaking. She is a woman who inspires and encourages me. Her faith steadies her weary feet.  I’ve witnessed this over the last years as she faced difficulties and sadnesses I couldn’t sometimes imagine. She never gives up. She always hoped. She always hopes.

Did you catch that? Yes, I can’t decide on tense.

She always hoped her beloved husband would be able to beat his addiction. She always hoped they would find redemption and restoration this side of heaven. But Friday brought the heart wrenching, devastating news that this hope would be deferred. He lost his fight. Lura lost her husband, her friend, the one her soul loves. Her children lost their father. Chris was a son. A brother. An uncle. He was a hard worker. A talented chef. His sudden death has broken many hearts.

But Lura still hopes. The Bible tells us in Romans 5: 8   that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” There was a day when Chris understood his sin before his Holy God. He repented and believed. And we cling to the truth of that often claimed, often recited verse in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Yesterday, as I sat and wept my way through worship, I felt the weight of this particular sin and the harm it has done. And then I wept more. For my own sin. Every one of us, when we take our last breath, will be caught up in some sort of sin. Perhaps it will be a gripping, destructive sin like drug addiction, or maybe it will be the less flashy sins like lust and bitterness. But we will all breathe our last breath sinners. But those who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord will open their eyes FREE. REDEEMED. WHOLE. LOVED.

That thought…..of Chris free from addiction, of the pain and hurts of this world…..gives me joy. But tearful, heavy joy. There remains a loving, young family that needs to heal from the wounds of this pain. I praise my God that Lura CLINGS to Him. I am so thankful for the gift of faith. In John 16:33 we are given words straight from Jesus: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Jesus is greater than all our sin. Jesus is greater than all our pain and suffering.

Take heart. Have peace. Repent and Believe.

If you are struggling with something that causes you or your loved ones pain, please….I beg you…..open your heart to the Lord. Find a friend, family member, pastor, counselor….get the help you need to walk through this life. We are all broken, but we get to carry each other.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.               -2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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6 thoughts on “speechless.

  1. Oh, Melissa! My heart just stopped. 😦 I am so so sorry to read this. We will be praying for her, for her kids, for you and the rest of your family. Such a heartbreaking time for you all. Please feel our hugs and love and prayers.

  2. Hi Melissa, this is Greg Loerzel. Your words are so true and so comforting. Sometimes I think we all need to take a step back and reflect on our own lives and learn from where we have been. It is also a blessing to share both good and bad experiences with the ones we care about so that we can help each other navigate this tricky and constantly changing world that we all live in together. I cannot begin to imagine what Lura is going through right now. Yet, I also know how strong of a woman that she is. Jonas and Isabelle are incredibly blessed to have a mother like your sister. From the day I started working with Lura I knew she was special. She became not only my most trusted business ally but like a sister to me. I say that she was my little sister and she’ll say that I was her little brother (even though I’m much older) …I think she is right. She was my big sister when I needed a big sister the most. Very caring! With the support of her family, friends and church Lura will make it through this. Lura is one of the strongest women I know. She reminds me of my mother who passed away at age 89, 1 year ago. There is no person on this planet that I had more respect for than my mother. The greatest compliment that I could give anyone is that they remind me of that woman. Lura displays the same defining attributes that draw so many people to her and gains their love and respect: Quiet Confidence. Lura’s deep faith and devotion is rock solid and an inspiration to us all. I pray that her strength and faith help her get through this with the best possible outcome. Love and prayers, Greg.,

    • Greg, thank you for your kind words. Lura is a strong woman….one of the strongest and sweetest I’ve ever known. I so appreciate your words about your mother….it sounds like she was amazing and very important to you. I’ve forwarded your message on to Lura.

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