After the Storm

After most storms, there is usually a time of straightening and cleaning.  Clyde would always go out and get the pinecones, moss, and debris out of our yard.  He was diligent about having a neat lawn.  Some “storms” are emotional and leave a different kind of debris!  The emotional storms can wreak havoc and even destroy relationships if we don’t gain control quickly. 

When Clyde died, I experienced the worst storm of my life.  I was devastated when my daddy and my mother passed. I felt deep sorrow when my first child was stillborn.   When my nephew and brother died, I had a difficult time dealing with their deaths.     I have lost many friends and loved ones, but nothing had bombarded me like this. The emotions that engulfed me after Clyde’s death were indescribable!  I knew God had everything in control, and I trusted Him.  However, I didn’t know how I would survive without my soulmate, the love of my life, my best friend. The idea of facing the future without him was heartbreaking!  

Clyde had underlined Matthew 6:19-21 in his Bible. Verse 21 took on a new meaning for me:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. I know without a doubt Clyde is in Heaven, and someday I will join him. In the meantime, I must be about my Father’s Business. 

Christian family members and friends were and still are a lifeline that I grabbed hold of and held on for dear life.  The straightening and cleaning after this “storm” will never end, but knowing I don’t have to face it alone is a relief. God has my back!

About Hester Guest

I am a retired teacher. I love spending time with my children, grandchildren, and friends. Reading, studying my Bible, sewing, and playing games on my computer, phone, or tablet fill my spare time. Jesus is my Saviour!
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5 Responses to After the Storm

  1. When I clicked on this email, I had no clue that it would be a blog post. What an awesome surprise. I am so proud of you. You are an amazing woman and mother. So happy to see you using your gift of writing.. Keep shining..

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  2. Amy says:

    This is beautiful and heartwarming..what an awesome God we serve that in the midst of our biggest storms he provides comfort and relief.

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  3. Deborah Metts says:

    Super proud that you have decided to write out your memories and I hope that it will be cathartic for you and I know it will be meaningful and a comfort to others. I love you, D

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  4. heather Beverly Reddick(my sister) wanted me to read your Mothers post since my Husband Ed died 5 months ago. It meant so much to me.


    • Hester Guest says:

      Barbara, I am happy my post was a comfort to you. I will be praying God will comfort you and give you peace. Cherish your memories and take time to grieve. Each of us grieves in a different manner and at a different speed. God loves you, and He is with you always. Sincerely, Hester


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