You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, January 12, 2013: The Other Side of Pain {Listen Here}

By Dawn Kelley

The call that changed my life forever happened in November of 2011.

I answered the phone and heard my dad’s voice; it was shaky, almost like he was afraid. He called to tell me to hurry over as he had called an ambulance for my mom. My dad had just watched my mom wake up from a seizure. She had never experienced one in her life.

Four months earlier she learned the breast cancer she was battling for almost three years took another turn for the worst and traveled to her brain. We spent hours in the hospital with the doctors and nurses telling us to prepare for the worst — that this was it. They didn’t think she was going to make it. The fear and pain my family was going through broke my heart in two.

You see my mom was the gentle strength that kept the chaos out of our home growing up. My mom was my best friend, she had an amazing bond with my siblings and me. She was an incredible woman, and I didn’t know how we would keep that strong family bond without her.

To our amazement she got better, she was able to come home and all she wanted to do was shop for Christmas — her favorite holiday. She had radio surgery and things seemed to go downhill. She made it through Christmas although she slept most of the time, and on December 30, 2011 she left us for her perfect body.

In the midst of the this, when my dad had to call 911; his health went down hill and he and my mom took turns going to the hospital. My momma passed away the day my dad was well enough to see her for the first time in a month. It was heart wrenching to be the ones to tell him that his wife of 35 years was gone. My dad was in the hospital the day of my mother’s funeral.

As I look back over the healing process and the grieving over the past two years God has helped me to accept pains presence, reach out to others, appreciate the little things, discover the meaning within the pain and draw closer to Him. I have been able to grieve in a healthy way and process the pain in my heart.

As the cancer attacked my momma’s brain she became very open. I remember listening to a song with her and she began to cry. I asked what was wrong, and she pointed to the television The lyrics said, “He knows my pain.” I know she was in pain physically, but I also know God knew the pain my family and I would have to endure with the loss of my mom.

I am left with the reminder that I was not meant to solve the problems on the inside of me. As with Paul I can hear God saying through His word, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.


3 thoughts on “The Monday After: The Other Side of Pain {Dawn}

  1. Thank you for sharing your story Dawn.. it helps me to hear what others have gone through.. somehow it strengthens me knowing that my brothers and sisters have also felt Gods growing pains in there lives. You have such an amazing heart and your Mother I know is very proud of her little girl~

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