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Why Being Approachable? Part Two

Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Rachael Flick, a woman with her own podcast called Hopecast. Rachael has her own story, the loss of her husband in the line of duty. Now, she is a widow, and a single mom raising two children. In spite of her own grief, she reaches out to other women, who like herself, live with hope in the midst of their grief. She calls herself a hope peddler.  

Part Two

It is always a bit of a struggle for me to tell my story of my father’s suicide to someone else, yet talking about my journey of grief with Rachel was cathartic. It seems that those who are willing to share their honest and authentic thoughts and feelings about their grief discover that they have much in common with others who also experience grief. This commonality is like sharing a good meal with someone. It fortifies the heart, satisfies a craving and fills us up. Although grieving people feel alone in their grief, the truth is, we are not. 

In part two of the interview with Rachel, which I’ve posted a link to at the end of this blog, we share our similar struggles. Even though she is much younger than I am and still in the throes of raising children, we both relate to the wrestling matches we’ve had with God, the questions that are left unanswered and the assurance that God is still trustworthy. 

Why bother being approachable? It is not easy to share our sad stories. There is always the risk of rejection, misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Yet if we remain closed off, self protected and silent no one is extended or stretched beyond just being sad. 

If you’d like to listen to the second half of the podcast, here is the link.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hopecast-with-rachael-flick/id1530321428

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