Sunday Sarah and I shared with our church some of our reflection of this past year with sorrow. I love that she and I were able to do this together. It was good for me to have her next to me.
Here's a copy of what we shared.
Text. (Some of this won't make sense to you if you read it. But it works for me when I preach.)
As difficult as it is at times to share our sorrow with other people and allow them into the story with us, I believe it is so important for us (and others) to do so. So we talked. And we cried, some. I think I would have been a weepy mess were it not for Sarah sitting next to me. I felt solid with her there.
Sarah, William, Kate & I are spending the entire day together tomorrow.
Tomorrow marks 1 year since Annie died.
Getting to tomorrow has been difficult for me. The past couple weeks have been sad ones. I've felt like I have been more sad -- or sad in an entirely different way -- than when we first lost Annie. It has certainly been hard for me.
But life keeps clipping along.
Here is how strange our life is. On the day we commemorate the anniversary of our daughter we are preparing for our new baby. We plan to spend some time at Barnes&Noble tomorrow so William and Kate can buy new books for their coming sister. It's crazy.
But stuff like that has been the story of this entire year. As sad as we have been we have been blessed to have our kids around us. They have literally kept us moving.
Thanks to all who have been with us this past year. Thank you for praying for us and loving us.
Thank you for loving Annie.
I love her too.
"Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!"