1 More Table for 1

I understand aloneness. Believe me, I do.

Startling awareness when you walk through your house the next morning after a loss.

Slowly sliding out of a job you’ve held for a long time.

Photo by Thomas Dinkleman

Photo by Thomas Dinkleman

Reading every highway sign aloud as you speed along the interstate with no passengers.

Kankakee Riverfront Park, Illinois; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Kankakee Riverfront Park, Illinois; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Sleeping in the center of the bed but rolling into a cold spot where you can’t get warm.

Letting go of possessions and then having to live with the empty spaces.

Setting one plate, one fork, one napkin, one glass, one bowl on the table once again.

Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

God understands. Think about it.

Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Losing the faith of his children.

Losing the allegiance of his chosen nation.

Losing the trust of David.

Losing his holy Temple in Jerusalem.

And losing his only Son to save us from our sins.

Ceiling at Macy’s, State Street, downtown Chicago; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Ceiling at Macy’s, State Street, downtown Chicago; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Jesus understands. Think about it.

Doing the impossible and yet seeing the disbelief around him.

Knowing what was coming but finding no one to believe his warnings.

Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he was leaving his human life.

Hanging in humiliation on the crudest of torture tools with no one to save him.

Ashtabula County, Ohio; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Ashtabula County, Ohio; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Don’t allow your aloneness tp keep you from doing what God has prepared for you to do. Jesus didn’t.

Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Bring your aloneness to God today and every day. He understands. He has peace and comfort beyond your understanding, ready to give to you. He gives healing, strength, power — just what you need, just when you need it.

Ashtabula County, Ohio; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

Ashtabula County, Ohio; Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel

“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord” (Lamentations 3:19-26).

Photo by Barb Dorris

Photo by Barb Dorris

Laura Warfel is a widow, writer, and follower of Jesus Christ. Her greatest joy is to bring others along with her on her faith journey. In 2015, because of the encouragement of the Launch Out Conference and Jon Acuff, she launched More Than A Widow on Facebook and Twitter. Today she blogs, tweets, and posts to help widows (and those who know them) find encouragement, hope, and resources for the journey. Her goal is to help all widows live beyond the label and live as more than a widow.

Copyright © 2019 by Laura Warfel