Loss is a Complex Journey

Allen Webster is a friend and a most incredible writer. We all experience loss in our lives. If you aren’t experiencing loss right now, then you may have just come through a loss or you may soon experience a loss. No one is immune. Allen wrote these words the day his father’s wife died. They are beautiful. It started as a simple social media post but when I read it, I wanted to share it with you as a HomeWord guest post. I especially loved his phrase, “Loss reminds us to embrace every moment.”

Loss is a complex journey, one that we all navigate uniquely. It’s a mix of emotions, memories, and reflections. It’s about cherishing the moments we had while feeling the pain of those we won’t get to create. It’s about understanding that grief has no timeline, and it’s okay not to have all the answers.

Out of nowhere, my Dad’s partner and best friend of 30+ years had a heart attack and she died. All within 36 hours.
It was too soon.
Too fast.
Too heavy.
Too much.
But, it was.

Death is the battle we will all toil with and face.

Loss reminds us to embrace every moment, to say “I love you” often, and to cherish the people in our lives. It’s a painful lesson, but it’s one that can guide us to live with greater compassion, understanding, and appreciation.

So, today, go hug someone you love, go speak encouragement to someone you care about, laugh more, worry less and cherish each and every moment.

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Allen Webster

Allen Webster serves as the Athletic Director at Western Christian Schools located in Upland and Claremont, CA. He and his wife, Janelle, were married in 2010 and have been doing relational ministry as a team ever since. Their passion is to see people come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord, savior, teacher and friend. Previously, Allen worked for another para-church ministry, was a College and Young Adult Pastor and has led and served in a myriad of capacities within ministry over the last twenty years, including as an Area Director for both Young Life and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He loves being able to disciple and mentor both coaches and students, and he has a huge heart for teaching God’s word in relevant ways. Together, he and Janelle pursue relationships with coaches, athletes, and students alike in order to see them catch a renewed vision for their life and how God desires to use them to make a difference in the world.

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