By Gerry Maddams
When God took away my saintly wife, unexpectedly and with no warning, my spiritual faith was shattered. I became very angry with God, and my life no longer had a purpose. Thankfully, I have my family, two married daughters, and two grandchildren, for love, strength, spiritural support, and purpose. For a year I attended secular grief support groups, and personal counseling. None of these satisfied me as something was missing.
Then in March 2003, I attended Cathy Gardner's grief support Bible study. This was like a door of opportunity, with a bright light shining behind it. I opened it and there it was. An opportunity arose again to receive God's love, hear and learn his words in the Bible, and to discuss grief and its spiritual relationship with other loving friends who were also in grief. From this, I came away with a new hope to develop a new life.