Writing While Grieving (Acts 4:12)

A writer on social media asked whether it’s possible to write after her father passed away. This is my comment. Since it was a secular group, I didn’t go into the Christian explanation of things.

Writing was therapeutic for me when my dad passed away some years ago. I only write books with happy endings so it worked out for me. HTH. I have written through grief three times. It’s not easy. But I had deadlines. And I love to write. It’s like painting, which I also love to do.

Jan Thompson

From a Christian perspective, though, it’s much deeper than that. God is my strength and salvation. He is my comfort in times of grief, e.g. when my father passed away in 2016.

“The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation” (Exodus 15:2a).

“In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God” (Psalm 62:7, KJV).

Updated to add: Wow. What an appropriate blog post today. When I scheduled this, I had no idea that a second devastating news would hit our Save the Date anthology. This afternoon, I found out that another author in our box set passed away over the weekend. I wrote something about this on Facebook.

So young, so soon, so sudden! We will miss you Shoshanna Evers (writing as Shoshanna Gabriel), but will see you in Heaven again some day. 😢 I am stunned. She was supposed to recover from surgery but ended up in cardiac ICU. We’re in an anthology together. This is the second death of an author in our box set in three months. What a shocking summer this has been. We miss you both, Marion Morrison Ueckermann and Shoshanna Gabriel! BUT GOD. He is sovereign. Always. God is good all the time, no matter what. Romans 8:28.If you know Shoshanna, you’d remember that she was dramatically saved several years ago. A New York Times bestselling author, she then turned away from secular fiction to write Christian books that glorify God. Her salvation is secure in Jesus Christ, and now she is with her Lord and Savior in Heaven forever. “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31).

Once again, God is sovereign over all our lives. It also shows how important salvation in Jesus Christ is: these people knew they were going to Heaven. My father and father-in-law were both saved within one year of their deaths. Marion and Shoshanna both accepted Jesus long before their unexpected deaths.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

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