During Julie’s growing up years, we did many things families do — family trips, camping during summer vacations, and visits with our families and friends. There have been many other memories, as well, when Julie got married and later had two children: first Rachel, and later, Charlie. So all the memories we experienced together continue to come back. Not all of our family times were joyous, we had our share of not-so-happy times. Times when finances were tight or we lost family members.
Clergy families are not exempt from pain or tragedy. Thus some of the not-so-good memories are included; however, I try to remember the good times that Sonya and I shared.
During our times of grief we may need some help; it is not wrong to ask for it from family, friends, and clergy, counselors who specialize in grief counseling or even a psychiatrist. None of us have to go through the heavy times of grief alone. Personally, I call upon my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to give me my daily strength to continue to live the life that He has given me and He helps me from being discouraged and depressed. My Lord wants me to live life to the fullest and to continue to minister to His people that need it. For Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
The Reverend Aram T. Marashlian is the chaplain emeritus for the Newburyport Fire Department.