Oh October you’ve come again. This time of year can be particularly hard for my family as we are entering into the month that holds the painful memories of losing our Dad. This October marks 5 years. It’s hard to believe that he’s actually been gone for 5 years! It feels like it was just yesterday. For those of you who are not familiar with my story, I will sum it up by saying that my Dad went into the hospital 5 years ago in early October and never came back home. He passed away on October 20th leaving a massive void in our hearts. Though it was painful for us here on Earth to let him go, my family believes in God and we trusted that my Dad was finally home. He was suffering here on Earth and Heaven was ready for him. I’m sharing all of this because I am eager to share with you the verse in my Devotional for the month of October. My first thought: “how ironic!” My second thought: “that’s not irony, that’s God.” I am always in awe of the many ways that God finds His way into our daily lives to comfort us and remind us that all will be well. It reads:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.
Year after year I find this verse (specifically put on the month of October page) comforting. My Dad is burdened no longer. Though this month can present it’s challenges, it is still one of my favorites. I find it easy to find peace in the Fall and the new season gives me the opportunity to quiet my heart and welcome change (something I am reallllllly not good at). I hope that those of you feeling weary and burdened will turn to the Lord. In him, you will find rest.
Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?! I am currently in Chicago! Happy Saturday!