Today we welcome Bob Titus, Executive Director of OPEN M, to share some words about grief.
Grief, as defined by Webster’s, is deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement. It is hard, and it is messy. There are other words that I choose not to use for this blog.
Grief can go many ways. Offhand I can say from experience that it can depress you, and it can be paralyzing.
One thing I have learned very recently is that grief can propel us into a different time and space. It will bring us to our knees and can make us turn on God or the ones that we love and that love us.
We as believers know how angst can affect us. It can bring us to the place of total hopelessness or it can bring us closer to Christ. When we experience brokenness and allow the Potter to mold us into something beautiful we can live victorious through the grief.
As I have just gone through losing Kate, the love of my life for 30 years, I can say I have experienced many of the aforementioned emotions.
I have good days and I have bad days, however, God has remained so faithful.
With God’s help I have chosen to let my grief propel me closer to Him and to celebrate Him and all of His glory and goodness. I pray that any and all that have the same or similar experience will pray and grow closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am so blessed to have lived life for almost 30 years with the love of my life, and it is with those memories I find peace and solace.
Bob Titus, Loving Husband, Father, and Son