A Widow’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching, and many people are finalizing plans with their significant others. This can be a lonely time of year, however, for those who are single or who have yet to find love. It can be especially lonely and a hard time for those who have lost spouses. Social media is about to boom with pictures of candlelight dinners, roses, candy and stuffed animals. This can be … [Read more...]

The Art of Letting Go: Spiritual Lessons from Emptying My Voicemail

It’s been over a year since my husband died, and I finally came to a place where I could listen to the voicemails left on my cell phone during the first few days. My inbox was full and no one could leave a message, but I’ve been avoiding listening to the voicemails. I haven’t had the strength to do it. It was just too painful. “You have 38 messages.” Although I’ve been navigating my new … [Read more...]

The Dilemma of Young Widowhood

“To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion” 1 Corinthians 7:8–9 (NRSV). No one ever expects to lose a spouse – especially if you’re young and just starting out in life. I’m no spring chicken at 35, but I still consider myself … [Read more...]