Everyone tells me that the first year is hard simply because of all the ‘firsts’ alone. When our 49th wedding anniversary loomed ahead, family and friends went out of their way to ease the pain.

Many called and wanted to spend time with me that day. People who have my devotional book Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living read about our marriage on the day and called or sent emails. Family fixed my dryer, sat with me and on occasion cried with me.

Some kept secret the fact that family would travel hundreds of miles to be here. What a surprise! This sounds simple until you factor in three children under five, March weather and time off work.

I’ve had to face other ‘firsts’ alone. You have too. At least it seems like that until we remember that our God, the God of all comfort stands with us….

2 Corinthians 1:3- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),

Prayer: Father, the word we choose to use more than any other comes to our heart and our lips. Thank you. Amen.

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