Dear Reading Friends, grief is heavy, and sometimes we can help others carry it simply by showing a little love. It’s easier to grieve alone, and it’s certainly more comfortable to look away when others are in grief. The Bible shows us that God’s will is for us to “weep with those who weep,” which means to share the grief of others. I hope the following short story means something to you.—David Telbat
by D.I. Telbat
Shelly Harper flipped through the history of hospital appointments on her phone. Her daughter, Abby, hadn’t had a month without an appointment or procedure since she was one year old. In a few days, Abby was turning four.
Across the waiting room of the hospital, Abby cradled her favorite doll while she stood watching other children—normal children—play with the provided toys. Shelly put her hand to her mouth, stifling a sob at the tiny frame of her daughter, ravaged by cancer. It was a miracle the little one could even stand, she thought to herself. Somehow, God kept them all going. Abby didn’t know any other life than one spent with needles, illness, and stares.