Advent 2017: Joy to the World: Day 19

Mary Visits Elizabeth


Today's Text: Luke 1:39-55, Genesis 25:21-26, John 4:24

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-55, Genesis 25:21-26, John 4:24

Three years ago, my parents and I made a different type of Christmas list—the kind you don’t want to check twice. Instead of brimming with names of books, games, or clothing we hoped to receive as gifts, the list contained a few very strict non-negotiables. You see, Christmas would be smaller this year, mostly because it would be sadder.

It was our first true holiday without the fourth limb of our family tree, my little brother, who had passed away a few months before. He’d loved Christmas tree decorating and gingerbread house making more than any of us, and we’d all decided to keep the ornaments and memories of past Christmases in their boxes this season. We still wanted to celebrate the holiday, but decided to do it in our own way, which brought us to our non-negotiables list. We sat quietly as my mom, dad, and I took turns listing parties and traditions we’d save for another year—those that felt too unbearably painful.

My bedroom faced my brother’s, and all I could imagine was waking up on Christmas morning only to remember he wasn’t there. Graciously respecting my non-negotiable, we rented a cozy cabin nearby to sleep in on Christmas Eve. The morning came and left without stockings or parades, and we drove home later that night.

We walked inside our barely-decorated home, and while I was ready to usher in the 26th with relief, I noticed my mother rustling around the kitchen drawers and cabinets. She emerged with a lighter, sand, and paper bags and headed toward the door. I looked outside to see my mother, grieved and without her son, lining the neighborhood streets with candlelit luminaries.

While it’s never a guarantee that Christmas will be merry and bright, Christ’s birth lights our path to an eternal hope. Hope doesn’t just latch onto imperfect circumstances—it requires them. Mary was an unmarried virgin, yet she became pregnant. Elizabeth was of old age, yet she, too, became pregnant.

No matter how barren our lives feel, we, as God’s people, are expectant. The waiting season of Advent calls us to intensely believe not just in what has happened, but what is coming.

A child will be born, unto us.
Hope will be born, unto us.
Joy will be born, unto us.
Eternity will be born, unto us.

This passage depicting the interaction between these two women is one of my favorites, because I imagine them standing together, each with their own worries and questions, yet still beholding the same gleaming hope.

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!”

- Luke 1:45

They believed, not as a result of receiving something or hoping for it, but of knowing Someone who was trustworthy.

We know Him too. Regardless of whether or not this season leaves you feeling grieved or joyful, barren or expectant, Christ’s birth intersects our circumstances with a steady, unwavering hope. May the belief in His spoken promises light our path. May our souls praise the greatness of the Lord, and may our spirits rejoice in God our Savior (Luke 1:39). Amen.


  • For me this year felt pretty barren and it felt like i felt blow after blow. I am amazed at the study and the power of the Holy Spirit through it. Jesus knows how to heal our hearts and help walk us through the process of grieving and mourning. He knows i wasn’t ready to process this until this very moment. And i am filled with hope and that hope and that expectantcy for something greater even when i don’t see that. possibility is exactly the way He works. He is a way maker. A healer, a redeemer and i am so glad to call Him my savior, Lord, and Father!

  • Jyndia Ruff

    This was easily the best possible devotional I could have turned to today. We lost our daughter at 6 months old last year just days after Christmas. I have been trying to put into words why my heart doesn’t feel “merry and bright” this season and Kaitlyn just did that for me. Hope is all i (and we as believers) have to cling to in these days of heartache and loss. I especially loved the line “Christ’s birth intersects our circumstances with a steady, unwavering hope. May the belief in His spoken promises light our path”

    • Kirsten LaShure

      I can’t imagine what the pain is like. And I cannot imagine a healing process strong enough that would help you through this. I’m so glad you know our Savior because He is the ONLY possible hope through this time in your life. Even if it just doesn’t feel possible yet. Saying prayers for you and your family.

    • Skye

      Dear Jyndia, may the God of peace be quietly, firmly strengthening you from within. May today be filled with His comforting presence.

  • I love thinking about how different Elizabeth’s response to Mary could have been – she could have been judgmental or cynical. But God helped Elizabeth recognize His movement in Mary’s life. May he help us recognize His movement quickly in each other’s lives too. Kaitlin, thank you so much for sharing with us today.

  • Hannah Nicholson

    Last Christmas was a hard one for me. My mother passed away November 10th. I was angry, bitter and was not in the Christmas spirit. So much hope has grown in me since then and this Christmas I am more expectant than I have ever been. The joy is back and I’m so thankful for a God that heals!

  • CJ Avakian

    No matter how barren our lives feel we as gods people are expectant. I love that sooooooo much! So so so much

    • Chelsey Ramaker

      CEEEEJ!! I think it’s amazing that I saw your comment. I love it too! We are expectant people! So good!

  • Prayers for everyone facing heartache and struggles this Advent season!

    I am grateful having this devotional, sharing testimony with other followers of Jesus, and all the reminders to hold onto hope and His love ♡

  • Julie Bagwell

    This devotion was incredible. I don’t know who Kaitlin Wernet is but I plan to find out! :- ) Incredible communication about Hope and Advent. Thank you !

  • Jen_Sykora

    These Advent devotions have been a tender mercy to me from the Lord. I’ve been filled with sorrow since the passing of a little boy, Colton, this past Saturday. I’ve been praying for Colton for just over a year now and I have felt so disappointed and sad that Jesus didn’t heal him on this side of heaven. To be reminded of the hope and longing of the Advent season, of the already but not yet, has helped in the moments of almost overwhelming sorrow. Today’s devotion is especially poignant. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    • Jodee

      Thank you Jen for your strength and courage to share with us all. I too have lost a son. He would had been 9 this year. God bless you and your family. I’m not great at using my words but please know you are in my prayers tonight. Merry Christmas!

  • Kirsten LaShure

    “Hope doesn’t just latch on to imperfect circumstances-it requires them.”
    I’ve been HOPING one of these devotions would hit me like a lot of women have been saying about the previous day. This week we found out that my papaw has cancer. A very ‘curable’ kind of cancer, but cancer none the less. It’s tough knowing that we NEED these scenarios in our lives to grow our faith and HOPE. but here we are, learning to let God control our situations in order to grow our hope. As I drove home from work one night, PRaise you in this Storm came on and I silently cried out to God. I had yet to let the fullness of what is happening swarm me. I thought trusting in God meant remaining joyful through everything that’s happening. Yet, as this song played ‘to the God who gives and takes away’ I remember that my joy turned anger and grief. And as the tears poured I prayed, Lord. Please don’t take away. When the chorus began “I will praise you in this storm, and I will lift my hands” I wept, Father, idk how, but if I have to go through this storm, I will learn to praise you through it. Trusting in God doesn’t necessarily mean you will be joyful in every situation. It means that you will trust Him, even when your heart is broken. Even when the results come back positive. Even when it’s Christmas weekend and you get news that your family doesn’t want to receive. We. Will. Love. You. Through. This. Because He will get us through it.

  • Jennifer Anapol

    For those of you who are struggling this Christmas, I pray the Lord would show you how near He is and fill you with joy! May you not feel guilty for not feeling like this is the best time of the year. I pray this time would be a time of healing for you.

  • Crystal Mendez

    Thank you for sharing your story and insight! I’m thankful for the hope Jesus brought (and still brings) to this earth. I’m thankful that He steps into the driest, most difficult circumstances to bring light and life. While I have lost both my granddad and my dad in the past 5 1/2 years and holidays can be difficult, I rejoice in knowing Jesus removed the sting of death through the Cross and His resurrection. ❤️

  • Mary Underwood

    My heart sobs, and the tears stream down my face as I read today’s devotional. I am recovering from surgery after a year of pain. I am just starting to walk again. My house is under construction as we put on an addition, I’m missing my mom who died two years ago and I am facing big changes in 2018. It feels painful and barren! But oh the hope of Jesus, the expectation of better things to come. O Magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt his name together – another of Mary’s songs came to mind as I journaled with today’s devotion. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
    Come thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.
    From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
    Israel’s strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth thou art.
    Dear desire of every nation, JOY of every longing heart.

    • Georgia

      Gave me goosebumps! Sending my love and prayers all the way from Australia!
      You are a brave, strong and powerful woman!

  • Caralee Lilly

    My daughter has left us…. not through death or marriage….but out of rebellion. My heart is heavy not knowing how to reach her and welcome her home. I’m broken and sad. It’s hard to celebrate one of the best days our family shares.

    • Mary

      I have been praying for several months with a friend in the same situation. We will add you to our prayers as well.

    • Crystal Mendez

      Father God, I thank You for Your nearness. I thank You for Your comfort and Your counsel. In the name of Jesus, I ask that Your hope would arise in Caralee’s spirit during this Christmas season. I ask that You would strengthen her in her innermost being to believe for a miracle to take place in her daughter’s life. I ask for reconnection, restoration, and redemption to take place in their family. May Caralee trust You more deeply as she looks forward to a new year. Amen!

      • Wendie Sharp

        I also have a daughter that continues to dwell in rebellion and darkness. This is heartbreaking for our family. I have been running on empty with absolutely no PEACE in my life. This devotion speaks to my heart. Christmas is about hope and what is to come. I will not quit praying, however I cannot continue to worry and obsess over poor decisions that I am unable to control. Lord I lift her up too you and I prey for peace in our family.

    • Nancy Stinson

      I, too, once left the way I had been raised. When I returned to the Lord and was saved, I went to my parents and told them of my salvation experience. My mother matter-of-factly said, “I always knew you would,” and she quoted Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Trust God with her; He is faithful.

  • I am inspired and renewed with the word “hope” being the focus of this Christmas season. No matter the trials and unfortunate circumstances that have occurred in the last year, may we all rejoice in the HOPE that this season of advent brings as we prepare for the eternal hope that is Jesus Christ.

  • Susan K Thayer

    I loved the part about – no matter how barren our lives look we should live expecting! WOW! What a statement. I can think many times my life felt barren; financially, friendships, employment. But to live expecting, expecting that God will come through! He will make those barren places fruitful again. whether it be finances, employment or friendships he will produce an abundance in your life! Amen

  • Debbie Bratton

    My older brother died from cancer earlier this year. Thanksgiving was hard and the grief poured out of me so unexpectedly. It seems the Lord is preparing my heart for Christmas because I keep reading things about grief and the hope and joy we have in Christ. So thankful for these reminders.

  • Casie Gutierrez

    Like the author my brother passed away a few months before Christmas 5 years ago. I couldn’t bring myself to watch our favorite Christmas movie or to celebrate in the way we used to. But I found joy in Jesus and the hope of seeing my brother again in heaven. Thank you for a beautifully realistic and yet hope filled message at the Christmas time!

  • Christine

    “Hope doesn’t just latch onto imperfect circumstances, it requires them”
    This was so eye opening. If everything is going perfectly, we often don’t see the need for hope–for who hopes is what he sees? (Romans 8:24)
    But god I pray for the imperfect circumstances so that I’d all the more HOPE in what’s real, lasting and eternal and be reminded that we are not Home yet.

  • Thank you so much for this.

  • Jennifer Currier

    This is a beautiful reflection, and it reminds me of this Home For Christmas reflection. (I’m not sure if I’m allowed to share links, but it speaks of hope and home in God’s heart, even if Home doesn’t feel joyful this season.)
    Blessed Christmas to all.

  • So sorry for your loss Kaitlin…

  • Beth Norton

    Today’s devotional was especially poignant. My husband has been unemployed for 8 months and we are newlyweds. We also want to start a family soon as we are older (39 & 41). There are so many parts of the passage of Luke that spoke to me. Luke 1:45 was quite encouraging. God has spoken to me- my hubby will have a job this year, we will start a family and he will continue to provide.

  • Amara Bratcher

    This was a beautiful, heart-baring post. It blessed me on a day when I needed to be reminded that hope REQUIRES imperfect conditions to be seen in all its glory. Thank you, Kaitlin, for writing!

  • Gina Nickerson

    The Lord is faithful and LOVES!! And he has carved a path for each of us! There is no knowing his plans, but we must trust them, and have faith that Lord will lead you, all you need do is listen and follow.

  • Kaitlin, your words at the end of your devotion were quite timing for me. Thank you! This Christmas season is so different from all others. This is the third year that my family and I are totally dependent on God for providing however I never thought that it would include my kids and I separated from their dad. And as hard as it was I actually said a special prayer for him this morning. Yesterday was very hard for my children especially my 16-year-old son as it was their very first supervised visit with their dad. My son came home sobbing. Thank God our church has the best youth group ever and youth pastor. So glad he had something fun to go to following the visit.

    • Tricia C

      Oh Mari, I am praying for you and your children. I pray that your son know the peace that only God can give. I pray that all your children know the one Father who will never disappoint. Hugs to you and yours. Xoxo

  • Christina D.

    Today’s scripture and devotional brought me to tears. As I read through each comment and reply my tears continued. So many of us have experienced and are currently experiencing loss, overwhelm, difficult circumstances, sadness. But with every word I read I also saw the gleaming thread of hope that the Lord has woven through each story. “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” I just imagine that so many of us need to hear those words that Elizabeth spoke over Mary as she was filled with the Holy Spirit. I am encouraged by the prayers I read being prayed over sisters in Christ through this website/app, oceans away from each other and otherwise strangers. But sisters and daughters in Christ who miraculously can lean into each other, pray and receive prayer for each other. I’m thankful for each other you. This morning (or perhaps afternoon or evening depending on where you are) I would pray that scripture over every person reading this today. Blessed are YOU who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to YOU. Whether He has given you a specific promise or you are clinging to the promises of scripture, may today be a day of belief that your promise would be fulfilled. As Kaitlin said, we can believe in these promises like Mary and Elizabeth because our Lord is trustworthy. Praying peace and hope over each of us today, friends.

  • Oh Churchmouse, you too have such wise words and what I need to hear this morning. This Christmas brings my kids and I so much uncertainties . But God,…… He is Jehovah Jireah and is providing. I even had the courage to say a special prayer for my husband which whom we are separated from right now.

  • I was encouraged both by today’s devotional and reading some of the comments. It helps to know of others’ struggles this Christmas and remember that I’m not alone. My struggles are quiet ones of the heart: struggling to love my husband, releasing hurt, accepting disappointment…I’m so grateful for this community! Praying that we will all be strengthened and given grace for what we’re facing individually!

    • Mari

      I’m right there with you Jo. And praying alongside with you

  • Oh how greatly I needed this today on two fronts. I am 31 and still long to be married, to have a family. Prior to reading this devotional, I had cried to God in sadness, frustration and impatience. How sweet these words were to me, a balm to my soul: They believed not as a result of receiving or hoping for something, but of knowing someone trustworthy.

    The 26th will also mark 14 years since the death of my sister. I feel so strongly with this author. I am grateful for her words.

    • Kaitlin Wernet

      Jenna, thank you so much for sharing this with us today. Asking God to keep you especially close this Christmas season. Grateful we’re in this together. xo

  • Leslie S.

    I read this Devon tail daily, it’s part of my morning routine but i’ve Never commented before because I’m never sure what to say but as I was reading this morning’s devotional I heard God loud and clear.

    My husband and I are trying to get pregnant, it’s been an emotional year, especially the last few months. Every pregnancy test is another disappointing reminder that we won’t be bringing a new addition into our family and today’s devotional is what I needed to hear. As I read the words,”Regardless of wether this season leaves you feeling grieved or joyful, barren or expectant, Christ’s birth intersects our circumstances with a steady, unwavering hope” my eyes welled up with tears and for the first time, I heard God say to me, “not yet but I have big plans for you.”

    I just had to share because God is good and His plans are far better than mine. I needed this to keep the faith I have been loosing so fast.

    • Mari

      Praying for you dear Leslie!

    • Jeanna

      Oh Leslie, rejoicing in His Word to you this morning…. thank you for sharing. “Now unto Him who is able…”

    • Lauren

      Leslie, I also really needed to hear this today – my husband and I are going through the same difficulties. God has spoken to me so clearly through the SRT Advent readings this year – reminding me that no matter my circumstances, I can still have hope in His eternally promises and hope for what He will do with my story. I will add you to my prayers!

      • Leslie S.

        Thank you, Lauren. I’m sorry your husband and you are going through the same struggles, they are difficult but it helps to know we’re not alone and God has plans for us. I’ll be sending lots of prayers to you and your husband, as well.

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    • Rachel

      Yes & amen! We are an expectant people! Praying His timing is so perfect and we know it will be! Praying your heart grows in trust and hope in this time!

    • Kaitlin Wernet

      Friend, I’m so glad you commented today. Praying for you and your husband today. Grateful for His nearness to you. xo

    • Emily B.

      I’m so glad you got that encouragement. Thank you for sharing that with all of us.

  • Thank you for sharing your pain, I try and imagine how much faith and trust it takes to move through the holidays after loss of a child. God’s strength and power to all who have these stories.

  • Thank you for writing this. This will be a sad/hard Christmas for me this year.

  • Kelsey Bender

    I’m in a similar situation. I miscarried and no matter how much I try to practice gratitude, I’m still very troubled by it. I’m thankful my faith has kept me grounded.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kelsey, thank you for being willing to share. We are praying for you in the midst of your grief, and we are so grateful to have you as a part of this community. <3 – Abby, The SRT Team

    • Ariane Laut

      Praying for you Kelsey! I had two miscarriages before my first was born and it’s such a painful experience. It gets easier though! I have had three babies since and I wouldn’t have them if I’d had the first two. God knows what he’s doing and has wonderful plans for you!❤️

  • Kaitlin, I was touched by the way your family shared that first Christmas. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you for sharing your story. The image of what your mom did… I just don’t have words.

  • Ann Erwin

    Trust in Him. Easier said than done – especially in times of great suffering. How do we trust in Him? It’s full surrender. It’s leaving our anxious thoughts, our heavy hearts, our needs & wants at the feet of Jesus. He is always near, always here for us. Jesus, our gift, from a God who loves us so much that he would sacrifice his own Son for our redemption. So yes, Jesus, I will take your hand as You light my path, no matter the darkness that’s in front of me and I will trust in You.

  • Karen From Virginia

    Love. Waiting with hope. Weary. Tired. Between grieving my sister during the Christmas season and my job as a counselor, I at my end. I have no more to give. I’m tired, easily tearful, easily overwhelmed. I have a few clients this morning then I’m not seeing anyone else until next week. I need the Lord to restore and bring rest.

  • Chris Gruhlke

    I too, am experiencing one of those seasons where it’s difficult to see the good coming. Life is hard sometimes. Sad things happen. My upbringing has taught me that this darkness I’m feeling, is at least partly, my own fault. I know I should just have faith, I know I need to lean on the Holy Spirit and I’m trying. If you could please remember my family and I in prayer, I would be grateful. Thanks sisters.

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  • Kelly Chataine

    I am being chased by the coming of this Christmas. My husband fell on October 10th and was in a surgical trauma ICU for nearly 6 weeks (on hour and 20 minutes away). Since he has been at a rehab facility two hours away. God has performed miracles! So many praises! Now, I will be with my husband, two hours from home, on the 23rd through the 29th. I yearn for a “normal” Christmas but tell myself that focusing on Christ’s coming is what makes Christmas normal. I am victoriously broken and tired. Prayers are appreciated. God is good all the time!

    • R Stevens

      Prayed for you this morning!

    • Tina

      Kelly God is good. We will praise him. We will rejoice in Him who gives us victories no matter how small, no matter how big. He’s got this… enjoy your Christmas with your husband and I wish him a speedy recovery…
      Love, Tina…x

    • Mari

      Praying for you as well Kelly

    • Beth S

      Kelly, I so feel for you. Two years ago, my husband was in a near-fatal car accident and spent Dec. 19th through Jan. 7th in the hospital. It was our daughter’s first Christmas, too. I know how incredibly disheartening it can be to have to spend Christmas that way. But it definitely made me even that much more grateful for the doctors and nurses that spend their holidays away from home year after year caring for those (like our husbands) who need them. It sounds like you guys have a great opportunity to be a blessing and encouragement to the staff there, as you mentioned that you have already seen God’s goodness and miracles in the recovery process. I will be praying extra hard for you and your husband as you face this unexpected season. My heart goes out to you!

  • “Hope doesn’t just latch onto imperfect circumstances—it requires them.” This moved me to tears! What a profound truth.

  • Churchmouse

    I’m always amazed at the long response Mary gives to Elizabeth in this passage. Her words are so faith – filled, so strong, so confident . Her circumstance had not changed and I’m sure she often pondered what further difficulties lay ahead. Yet she praises God and recounts who He is, what He’s done, and what He will do. She was so young and yet… Faith cares not about chronological age. While this is a holy season, for many, it is often a hard season. There are all kinds of losses that seem magnified at Christmas time. We yearn for peace within ourselves and throughout our world. We yearn for contentment and trust in the midst of uncertainty. We terribly miss those who have died. Sigh…Even still…May we be like Mary and commit to speaking His truth, even if we’re trembling inside. May we talk to that one person who understands, who has walked the same journey, so that we both might be encouraged to press on and stand firm, though our legs are shaking. May speaking the Truth aloud and being vulnerable with that one understanding person be our non – negotiable this Christmas. It may be the best gift we can give ourselves.

  • Loida Fernandez

    Thanks for sharing your story. He’s faithful no matter what.

  • Kaitlin, might I start by sending you a BIG hug wrapped in love and prayers, from a friend too far away to give a real one. God be with you and yours at this time. Xxx

    No matter how barren our lives feel, we, as God’s people, are expectant, and if we are not, we should be. The waiting season of Advent calls us to intensely believe not just in what has happened, but what is coming… and He’s coming.

    He is coming.

    He is our Hope.

    He is our light.

    The light of the world.

    The Joy He brings is not of this world.

    It is eternal.

    Our Hope in Him is eternal.

    I am expectant.

    Blessed am I, Tina, who believes that the Lord would fulfill whatHe has spoken to me…!

    I am expectant.
    I am anticipating
    I am hope filled.
    Thank you Lord God. Thank you for your Son, thank you….

    Praying the Light of the world, give you peace today, sisters. Xx

    • Mari

      Tina, you have just the right words that I need this morning! Blessings and hugs across the pond to you.

    • Kaitlin Wernet

      Hugs back to you, Tina. Merry Christmas, sweet friend. xo

  • Can I ask you to pray for a friend of mine? He was raised by his grandparents and they both passed away and it will be his first Christmas without any family. His birth mother is still around and he hopes she would care but she’s not interested in him at all… I’m thinking about inviting him to my family’s Christmas with another friend but I’m not sure how it would affect our hearts since it’s such a personal time… He also really needs a break through in faith!

    • Kay

      Regine, I will pray for your friend, and also that God will work through you. You are blessed to hear God calling you to be His instrument.

    • PursuedByHim

      Praying for wisdom and courage for you and your family and your friend as you decide what to do.

    • Churchmouse

      Praying for your friend, that he would feel love and comfort through your friendship

    • Tina

      Regine. God bless you for walking alongside your friend; who clearly is lost right now.
      He right now needs to know love, and grace and peace and the comfort and friendship you have shown already must be doing him good.
      Christmas is not a time to be alone with a heart broken or crushed, I pray you have word from God to help in your decision to invite him into your family for Christmas. ..
      He could be a blessing to you as much as you a blessing to him.
      God bless and be with you all as you navigate this season.
      Sending some encouraging love and hugs …xxx

    • Donna Symes

      Words of wisdom given to me by a friend many years ago in a similar situation : ” It never hurts to ask” Praying for your friend and you.

    • Mari

      Praying Regine. That’s wonderful you want to include your friend to your family’s Christmas.

  • Thank you so much for this.My brother died a few days ago so we are a saddened family,BUT the light of Jesus our hope still shines

    • Tina

      Sue sending you the biggest hug wrapped in love and prayers, at this very sad time. Emmanuel,God with us this time of year tells us, praying a double heart and soul knowledge that this is truth, and that His Light for sure shines even in the darkest of places. Love to you Sue…

    • Bessie

      Oh, Sue, may God hold you so closely today that you may feel His peace and love that passes all understanding. I’m praying for you and your family at this time of loss and grief. God is with you.

    • Kay

      Sue, God loves you so! I will pray you find rest and peace these holidays.

    • Churchmouse

      Praying for your and your family, Sue.

    • Mari

      Sue, praying dear sister

    • Jeanna

      Oh Sue, I am so sorry for your loss…. my brother, too, passed away unexpectedly this year. He was a believer, I take comfort in that. May our Lord grant us both His peace as we move through this season of hope.

    • Kaitlin Wernet

      Sue, words fail to express how sorry I am. Asking God to keep you and your family especially close. Holding onto hope with you. xo

    • Tricia C

      Praying for you and your family Sue. May God’s peace envelope you at this time.

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