On May 17, 2008, our friends Rob and Melody learned that their 21-year-old daughter, Danielle, had just been welcomed into heaven after a tragic car accident. All the angels rejoiced while a family here on earth experienced one of life’s ultimate heartbreaks.
Anyone who has experienced loss knows there are some days when grief is overwhelming. Danielle’s sister recently had one of those sorrow-filled days and Melody’s heart broke again trying to comfort her daughter. With Melody’s permission, I share here some beautiful and powerful discoveries she’s made in God’s Word that may speak comfort to many of us in various kinds of grief.
“February 2010 — I received a late-night call from Ashley. She’s having an emotional and teary evening missing her sister. After our phone call I prayed for comfort for Ashley and then opened my journal. I came across this entry that I wrote over a year ago.
PSALM 56:8 ‘You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in a bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.’
Why does God keep our tears in a bottle?
PSALM 84:6 ‘When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs, where pools of blessing collect after the rains!’
As a grieving person goes through the valley, their tears fall to mingle with the water in springs which can become a source of blessing to others. I’m picturing a pink bottle (filled with the tears from all those missing Danielle) and those tears are blessing others.
Further, in the midst of our pain, we can KNOW that He understands — and weeps along with us.”
Today, God is using Danielle’s story and the love of Christ in her family to spread the Gospel message, teach the consequences of choices, and share the contagious hope they have that God is using their pain for eternal value. Visit Danielle’s website and learn more about the ministry that has emerged out of this mom’s journey through loss: