I thought the mid air collision was to be our one big trial in life. Eight months into our marriage, my husband Mike was involved in a mid-air plane collision which left two men dead and Mike’s life questionable. Two years into his remarkable recovery we thought our life would finally get back on "track", until my mom was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. We remained on our tragedy "track" with mom as we all fought with her, trying to beat this horrible disease. Two years later, mom passed away at the age of 47 - our grief was excruciating. One year later, a rocky marriage surfaced and two years later layoffs were thrown our way. Desperately trying to get back on track, we once again realized our life of tragedy would continue further since a triple bypass was now needed for my dad, followed by Pancreatic cancer. Two years later and another long hard fight with cancer, the cancer won and my dad was gone. Our grief once again, was unimaginable. The death of my Father-in-law followed the next year, leaving Mike and I both fatherless, and all the while fertility issues haunted the halls of our home, filling our life with silent longings for the sound of laughing children... That is until life took a fantastic and surprising hard right turn towards pregnancy! Nine months later and twenty years into our marriage, God proved Himself faithful in a very dynamic way with the arrival of our little daughter, Hayli Grace-Ann Grady.
I give you this crazy testimony of my life not to invite you to my "Pity Party" but to open up my heart to you, to let you know that you are not alone living life through your sorrow. Maybe the death of your loved one is still as fresh as a new wound still bleeding through the stitches, but I tell you I am living proof that there is life through our tragedies and a life full of joy. I know it seems weird right, to have joy in the middle of such painful sorrow.....and yet, it's there. Then, after a while we find that right along side our tragedy walks our triumph as we learn to live life well and to live through our tragedies triumphantly! There is a great example of this found in Nehemiah 8:10, when Nehemiah suggests to the people not grieve but to let the joy of the Lord be their strength. By using his example through scripture we can use God's joy as our strength to make it through the rough times, I would rather have God's joy over mine any day and when we have the Joy of the Lord, that joy then becomes our strength.
Good Grief Ministries was founded in 2008
To speak life back into the hearts and lives of people living in a broken world by teaching that everyone has been born with a God given purpose. That our struggles and disappointments are not meant to destroy us but to equip us to touch the lives of those around us by sharing our stories from tragedy to triumph. Together we can impact the world around us. By each one reaching one we will indeed change the world!