It's the "most wonderful time of the year" for many of us. For others, it's a brutal reminder of a loved one's absence in the "most difficult time of the year."
Today's guest, Kathy Yokeley, wrote Not My Plans: When God Allows a Parent’s Worst Fear to Come True. When she gave birth to her daughter Natalie, the perfect family she’d dreamed of was complete—a loving husband, beautiful little boy and girl, even the family dog. That future was bright.
At the age of 12 Natalie was diagnosed with inoperable spinal cord cancer and Kathy’s picture-perfect world came crashing down. Nine nightmare months later, her precious daughter was gone.
Christmas was Natalie's favorite time of year, and every time the Holidays come back around, Kathy is painfully reminded of Nov 24th. 2008, when her daughter passed away. On this episode, listeners will hear about this extraordinary little girl and learn about grief from a mom who has walked in the shoes of every parents' worst nightmare.
Kathy Yokeley gives some guidance for those with loved ones and/or friends who are suffering this year, sharing what people said and did during times of deep grief, that were (and are) helpful to her. She also reflects on God's goodness and faithfulness in the most painful of trials, giving practical and spiritual insight for those grieving.
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Joey Svendsen, introduction narration / Instagram
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Executive Producer: Josh Surratt
Producer/Editor: Joey Svendsen
Sound Engineer/Editor: JT Price
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