If you’re here today with a grieving heart, there is hope. Ron Hutchcraft with Ron Hutchcraft Ministries just released his latest book, “Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking: Finding God’s Presence in Your Pain.” Hutchcraft’s own grief journey began four years ago after the sudden death of his beloved wife, Karen.
“Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking” is his honest, broken, and faith-filled look at the difference Jesus makes when your world is falling apart.
Below, we’re sharing part of the interview with Hutchcraft discussing his book in a Q&A format. Listen to the full interview here.
Koh: Ron, you recently wrote a book, “Hope When Your Heart is Breaking”. It just recently came out, and it’s your story of grief and also your story of hope. For me, personally, aside from wanting to talk to you as a ministry partner, I wanted to read your book because I’ve suffered grief recently in the loss of my baby Gideon last year. And you suffered grief in the loss of your wife, Karen, [four] years ago. So thank you for being willing to talk about this book today, Ron. I’m sure it’s going to be a significant encouragement for anybody else listening who’s going through something like this.
Hutchcraft: Well, that is my hope and that is my prayer. Thank you for wanting to do this. And I think the personal-ness of this will be just right for somebody who’s listening.
Koh: Absolutely. So my first question, Ron,…what inspired you to write this book? And who inspired you to write this book?
Hutchcraft: Well, it’s a book I never would have thought I would write. It started, you might say, on the best day of my wife’s life and the worst day of mine. Because that was the day she got to see Jesus and she got to see Heaven. And it’s the same day that I was left here without the person I had loved since I was 19.
Let me take you back to May 15th, 2016. It was a great day. Our oldest grandchild was graduating from high school valedictorian. He gave a wonderful, Christ-honoring talk in a stadium full of people. Now I had to leave right after that and be driven to another state to speak the next day.
So we’re sitting in the bleachers and I said, “Honey, I love you.” And she said, “Well, I love you.” And then, uncharacteristically, she had tears in her eyes. I thought that’s not usual and I said, “Honey, what’s going on?” She said, “Well, I’m really gonna miss you.” And I said, “Well, you know what? It won’t be long.”
I was wrong. I was really wrong.
The next afternoon, while I was in another state getting ready to speak, my son called and told me that Karen was in Heaven. And suddenly, in the room that I’m doing this interview in right now, the Lord took her home.
I got back as fast as I could. And I felt like a lost little boy. I mean, you had to know what a life force Karen was. She was my mirror. She was my compass who let me know when I was drifting. She was my encourager. She was my very best friend, my wisest counselor, and had the greatest laugh you’ve ever heard — picked up on seismographs I think! And in an instant, she was gone.
How could I have known I was saying “I love you” for the last time? You never know when you’re saying “I love you” for the last time.
So that started me on a journey that I had traveled with others. But this was the other half of me, the only person I’d ever shared my whole adult life with, who knew all the same people. We had prayed, laughed, cried over the same things, been through the same battles. Suddenly gone. Irreplaceable. I knew how to do life with Karen. I had no idea how to do life without her.
A couple days later, I started a grief journal. I don’t even know, that idea must have come from God. I wasn’t coherent enough to think that straight. And I started to pour my heart into that journal. I mean, it’s Ron in the raw. All the pain, all the grief, all that I had lost was coming out.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask Jesus to heal the broken parts of your heart.
- Pray for God to use you to encourage and give hope to others in their grief.