Silent Sorrow

Your Heart’s Cry

I remember the night death came. You were not there. You were not there when my loved one inhaled a final breath. You didn’t see the sorrow that framed the moment. You didn’t hear the internal screams escaping from a place I didn’t know existed. The news slammed into my happy life with the finality of a gunshot. Deep pain oozed from my soul and dripped upon the landscape of my forever. Day and night merged into one long reminder of the loss, the wounding, the injury to my heart. I wept in silence. I was too stunned to respond, too scared to react. I endured the graveside service, tear-stained and shoulders weighted. In that casket lay my expectations of the future, when it slammed shut, so did my will to feel again.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NKJV

His Reply

Your sorrow is not without voice. I am touched by your grief. I have seen your tears, and I have heard your heart’s cry. Each tear is precious to Me. Not a single one has gone unnoticed. I have collected them all. Before I came, death was your final enemy. But I have overcome death and the grave. All who believe in Me will have eternal life. Death has no victory. It’s victory has been defeated by the joy of My promised return. I am faithful to keep every promise. In your moments of pain and loss, weep. I too have felt the sting of this pain, and I understand. But do not reside in this place of sorrow forever. In everything, there is a season. Take My hand and allow Me to lead you out of this valley of the shadow of death. Allow Me to move you through this winter season back into a place of springing forth with renewed joy. You will sing with gladness once again.

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 NKJV

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by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

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