As an advocate for the abused, I often follow other advocates. Bible teacher Joyce Meyer is one of them. Her message is energizing and informative. And because she speaks from personal experience, she knows how to reach those who are hurting. Her life’s story is laced with abuse and struggle, but she is a survivor.
And, as a survivor myself, it’s easy to identify with her struggles of abuse.
She has also experienced the devastation of losing a loved one. She often speaks of a brother who died younger than expected. I’ve also lost loved ones, including my young son.
Classmates have also died young. Aging parents and neighbors are also in that number. Even street gangs and irresponsible driving contribute to the death toll.
Death is everywhere. Local news reporters often speak of violence and death. Victims of domestic violence and abuse continue to suffer. And soldiers and murdered victims still come home in a body bags, leaving sorrow and sadness in their wake.
Death is part of life’s cycle—whether we like it or not. And no matter how far we run, or how much we want to forget, God is still the only answer we can trust to bring peace to our storm.