And yes, it’s Mother’s Day again. But, for me, it’s always bitter sweet.
Excerpt from book “It’s my Time to Grieve” (shown below)
“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world” (John 16:21)
“When you send your Spirit, they are created…
…when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust” (Psalms 104:30, 29)
My third child, Matthew, was born at 1:02 early Monday morning, May 10, 1982. My labor began around 11:45 Sunday evening, and just before Mother’s Day ended. Matt hurried into the world following a brief labor of just forty-five minutes. Now two weeks overdue, he made up the time with a speedy delivery.
Even as a child he generated a pattern of waiting—waiting until the last minute to finish his homework, leave his play, or get dressed for school. But when late, he would rush, or speed up, to recover the time. But then he died. He was only twenty-two.
Even at death he retained that same pattern.
I can’t stand it. I cannot handle this.
I wanted to run away but was too numb to move. Although the memorial service pressed forward, for me the hands of time had stopped.
Breath of Life
God gave you breath
When you were born
That gave you life
That early morn
God breathed it out
And gave to you
The breath of life
When you were new
With it was given
All you would need
To live and love
And to succeed
But when you died
That lonely night
Your soul then left
And took its flight
When you excelled
With your last breath
God took it back
—the breath of life
© Phoebe Leggett
When author Phoebe Leggett received a call in the middle of the night, her life was forever changed. Her twenty-two year-old son had just been killed in a car crash. Devastated and confused, she embarked on a long and difficult journey to recovery. In It’s My Time to Grieve, Leggett presents a message of hope for hurting hearts as they travel their own journey into grief. Using personal experience as a guide, she shares her story while providing resources to help others successfully navigate through the grieving process, which include: • Moving through the stages of grief • Managing the holidays • Handling emotions of fear, anger, and regret • Grieving the death of a child, spouse, parent, sibling, friend, or pet • Sharing the pain • Gaining comfort and healing from the Bible • Moving forward Applying Bible verses, poetry, and personal stories, It’s my Time to Grieve communicates a message of hope through the comfort God provides. His consolation is all that’s needed to assist you through the process of grieving. Set it free, give it to God, and let it go. Phoebe Leggett is an author, poet, and freelance writer whose articles, devotionals, stories, poetry, and books have enhanced the lives of many. This is the first book in a series titled Seasons of Courage. www.survivordynamics.wordpress.com