My name is Diana Hogan. I’m a recent widow, just 5-1/2 months. It was suggested to me to create a blog and document this journey as a way to not only help myself heal, but to help others, men and women, that are going through the same lonely journey, wondering if anyone knows or cares or understands what it is they’re experiencing. Please let me assure you that you are NOT crazy…the pain and the emptiness you feel are very real. You are literally missing a part of yourself! Let no one tell you that it is time to move on or to stop grieving…only God and you will know when this time comes. I am open to any thoughts and experiences, or encouragement you are willing to share. Together, we can help each other through this ‘Valley of the Shadow of Death’, and learn to not merely survive the journey, but to thrive during and because of the journey.
I must tell you upfront that I am a Christian. Everything I will be sharing will come through the filter of my relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. Without HIM, I can do nothing. Without HIM, I would have checked out of this life long before now. HE is my hope!
It is my hope and prayer that through our sharing with one another we will enter into a stronger and deeper, more intimate knowledge and relationship with the Almighty, thus allowing Him to heal our broken hearts and wounded spirits. It is my hope and prayer that we will find God faithful and Someone Who is completely trustworthy, even when it looks and feels like He is nowhere to be found. Yes, I have felt like this, and still do sometimes as I journey alone. That is when I have to set my course by faith, or by instruments, as a sailor would say. Sometimes on foggy nights, when a sailor can’t see the familiar celestial bodies in the sky that have always been his help, he must rely on his instruments to guide him. So in our life journeys, when our tears and the fog of our sorrow seem to have obliterated God from our sight and our life, we must rely on His Word, on God that cannot lie, to see us through!
I’ll be back with my first official post soon. I look forward to the new friends I hope to make on this journey!
Together in Christ,