In Memoriam

I was going to write about something completely different but the events of this past week changed my mind. My sister’s mother-in-law passed away and went to be with Jesus.

She lived with my sister and brother-in-law for the past several years. I got to know her better in that time than I did in the whole 30 years of my sister’s marriage. And, I learned even more about her at the memorial service.

She was a woman of deep faith—deeper than I imagined. She acknowledged that she was a flawed and forgiven human being, and she was ready to go to be with the Lord.

What Have You Learned From Those You Lost?

Think about the people you’ve lost. What have you learned from them? How did they help you get to know the Lord better? How did they challenge you? What did you learn from their mistakes?

How did they parent? How did they build their marriage? How did they serve others? What did you admire about them?

Think about their impact on your life. Then, use those lessons in your writing. Create poems out of your grief. Turn your insights into a devotional. Share your memories in a personal experience piece. Base a how-to article on their successes and failures. Develop a character in your fiction based on who they were.

Let their life live on through your writing.

© Deborah Christensen

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Posted on November 5, 2012, in family relationships, inspiration, writer's life, writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. So sorry for your family’s loss, yet rejoicing that this lady shared her faith. My family also has grieved in the loss of an uncle last week; Uncle Ray also lived a life of faith. One example: he thanked God literally daily for making it home from Italy in WWII. Running down a hill to help his buddies who were trapped in a foxhole, he had to repeat himself 3 times to his sargeant, who was amazed that he had made it down the hill–through 3 minefields. Uncle Ray’s answer: “God guided my steps.” He went back into battle several times, and finally was sent home after sustaining an injury and receiving the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

    And the story continues…

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