Last week was the first part of a discussion with my friend Joy Ware Miller. If you didn’t hear it, you may want to listen to that one first and then come back. It is called From Surviving to Thriving and has a lot of encouragement.
Both weeks are from an interview back in 2017 from an online event, but what Joy shared is so good, I felt like it needed to get back out there for more pareavors to hear.
In the second half, some of what we talk about is:
- How to lean into the pain and why that is important.
- Joy’s experience of feeling God’s presence when Christopher died and about the parents who don’t have that happen.
- The tormenting fear of parents who think their child might not be in heaven.
The interview closes with Joy praying over all of us and then by my request, shares a wonderful poem from her book There’s a Party in the Pit and You’re Invited.
Joy Ware Miller has a powerful message of hope. Joy is a speaker, author, radio host on Hope 100.7 and President of iJoy Inspirations. In 2007, Joy founded Parents On Call, a first “response team” of parents who have endured the loss of a child. Their son Christopher, at age thirteen, in 2005, died suddenly while playing basketball at the local YMCA. Unfortunately, parents who have lost children understand the depth of heartache and sorrow this kind of loss brings. Parents On Call is designed to be uplifting and supportive. Joy is also the founder of Helping Hurting Hearts Heal and Retreats On The Go. When she is not speaking or writing, Joy enjoys life with her husband Charles and daughters Lauren and Olivia.
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