Presented on 3/12/2017 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church
Mary Ann was light of Bob’s life. He was that dad — the one who doted on his daughter, and seemed to come alive when she entered the room. And why not? She was beautiful, gracious, and bright. When she moved to another state, he was sorry she’d left, but excited about what her future would be like.
And then the unthinkable happened. Mary Ann became sick and died — in a very short period of time. Bob was devastated. He was never the same. What parent would be the same after burying a child. But for Bob, it was different. His loss defined him — so much so that years later, his wife would say, “Our daughter died, and Bob’s not himself,” to new people they would meet.
I don’t judge Bob. I feel for him. My heart aches for him — not just because of his loss, but because that loss came to define who he was.
Pain can do that.
Pain can define who we are. But does it have to?
This podcast addresses that question.