Thankful Thursday – while life is painful and doesn’t make sense

Yesterday we had an unexpected death in the family.  Elly, a cousin of my Mom’s that she was particularly close to, lost control of her vehicle on an icy road and ended up perishing in the ensuing accident.  A life that was big and beautiful is now silenced. The family is devastated and in shock.

How do we make sense of something so tragic and senseless? How do we process this when the pain is so sharp that it takes our breath away? Especially now, so close to Christmas. I have no answers.

All I know is to run to my Saviour’s arms. To curl up in His lap and to somehow allow Him to take the burden of grief and pain and make it His own.  He understands loss. He understands grief. He alone can make this burden lighter than it currently feels.  He alone can dry the tears of the heart. Thank God for God.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (Psalm 34:18)

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

We cling to these promises. We are thankful for them, beyond measure; both for us and for the immediate family left behind.

This week, in spite of the heartache, we are thankful for:

1. Snow days and the joy they bring to my teens.

2. The knowledge that Elly is with Jesus. That knowledge softens the blow of her unexpected loss somewhat. It brings heaven a little bit closer.

3. The steadfastness of my husband, who is ready and willing to hold me through any storm.

4. Getting my Christmas shopping all but done…can I get an AMEN?!  Managed to get everyone but my hubby done in just over an hour and for that I am eternally grateful and deserve a medal of commendation.  Those malls are brutal!

5. The upcoming wedding of friend. Feeling really blessed that I get to witness and celebrate her and her future husband this coming weekend as they ‘tie the knot’.

6. Chocolate. Is there anything that chocolate can’t make better?

My friends, I am also thankful for you. These past 6 or so months have been a journey for me, but it has made the journey all the more sweeter to have you along on it with me.

Thank you.



  1. I’m so sorry for your loss Michelle but I’m thankful for YOU and your awesome family. Thanks for sharing this..I needed to read this right now. Praying for comfort and strength for you. xoxo

  2. Michele, I’m very sorry for your sudden loss, I know exactly how you feel. Praying for you all!!

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you Michele. My sister passed away on November 18th and although it was expected, it’s still difficult. Blessings to you and your family in this Christmas season.

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