Tears for Their Loss

Memorial Day, Christopher’s family took Gigi to the cemetery to visit Grandad’s grave. While there, they saw a young man, standing by himself, in evident agony. Gigi went over to give him a hug and listen as he shared his story. His dad died three years ago, and he loved him a lot. He’s following in his dad’s career footsteps, and this is the first time back to visit the grave since moving.

The above picture is a beautiful example of the comforting of a young soldier by an 87-year-old widow whose husband served in Vietnam and was critically wounded in that service, almost losing his life then. May we never forget the sacrifice people have made and are making for our freedom.

Heartache and loss are all around us. Are our hearts tender to discern the needs and then empathize and show Christ’s love?

“Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort,
according to thy word unto thy servant.”
Psalm 119:76

21 thoughts on “Tears for Their Loss”

  1. How sad and moving.
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post.
    Hope all is well with the family and babies doing well.
    Sending our love to you all

    1. Around holidays, there are many grieving people visiting cemeteries. Losing those we love is hard! Yes, all is well here. I’ll be posting Deborah’s newborn pictures hopefully soon! She’s such a cutie.

      1. Yes some holidays can be very sad for people who have lost loved ones.
        Looking forward to Deborah’s newborn pictures!

  2. Tender and sweet are the words of our Savior, who mourns with those who mourn. Romans 12:15. Your grandmother is a gem! I am sending a virtual hug to her this day! Precious! Thank you for sharing, Sarah! Have a blessed Wednesday! You all are loved!

  3. This is so precious and heartbreaking at the same time. So thoughtful of GiGi to bring God’s comfort to this young man. There is a widower man that lives downstairs from us that we help to encourage, and it’s times like these that bring understanding to the verse, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” When you comfort someone who is hurting, you find that you are the one blessed in return.

  4. What an amazing example of truly showing Christ like love. I teared up reading this post. What a remarkable lady!

  5. So touching. We all have something to give to help others. Doing so could have a profound effect on our nation.

  6. I have a sweet nephew in a National Cemetery. It is very sobering to walk through, observe the loved ones mourning and think about what each ones story might be. Way too many short lives noted on the many headstones.


    1. It is true. We have a VERY old cemetery not far from our home, and I’ve walked through it. So sobering like you said to read the stones.

  7. As the MoM of two Marines and a daughter to a Vietnam Veteran, this absolutely touches my heart.
    On Memorial Day we visited the younger of the two in Jacksonville, NC; while there we went to the Beirut Memorial. While standing there with tears of sorrow and thankfulness a gentleman and his wife walked up. This man was so weighted down with heartache. I whispered a prayer for comfort. After there a little bit longer we went to leave, but I couldn’t just yet. You see the Lord directed me to do the same as your family, I went to hug the man and tell him I was sorry for his loss. He just wept and hugged back. I let him know I was praying a special comfort upon him and his family. I knew it was the hand of the Lord directing my steps that day and placed us there at that exact moment. So thankful for our military and for you family as well.
    God bless

    1. Bless you, Bonnie. The Lord had you there for a special reason to comfort this man. It’s amazing what heartache some go through. Wow. Thanks for sharing!

  8. So touching.

    Your grandad served in the military? Which war did he fight in? Two of my great grandfathers were World War II veterans.

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