Life is Not Easy

I don’t have to tell you that life is not easy. From relationships to finances to illness and death, life is not easy.

Like many others, (my wife) Martha’s family has experienced loss. On New Year’s Eve, Martha’s only brother and last living sibling passed away at his home in North Georgia. Martha and I are gathered with their family this week to remember Tommy and to encourage one another. Tommy is survived by his wife Dorothy, five children, and many wonderful grandchildren.

Martha is the baby of her family. Her siblings were all teenagers when she was born. All three have passed away over the last three years. Her oldest sister died at the end of May 2018.

Not having experienced the loss of a sibling, I can’t fully imagine what Martha is dealing with but many of you can. I do know that there is something of great loss and the feeling of being alone.

While we know that life is not easy, we also know that God is very present with us and that He will never forsake or leave us. We can all be comforted to know that Jesus knew about death. He knew about the death of friends (He wept when Lazarus died), and He knew what it was to face death and to die. He is the great Comforter because of His deity and His humanity.

We take comfort in Him and because we have been comforted, we can comfort others. Paul wrote of comfort in this way: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

Martha and I both would appreciate your prayers during this time.


  1. Pat Allen
    Jan 03, 2019

    So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. I cannot imagine her feelings at this time. Deepest sympathy and prayers for her and and all of his family.

    • Ronald Oalmann
      Jan 03, 2019

      I feel your pain I the last year I have lost my wife also a brother and sister two years ago my prayers are with you

  2. Dianne Muller
    Jan 03, 2019

    Martha, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

  3. Ben Tyler
    Jan 03, 2019

    Martha, I will be praying throughout the day for you and your family. May each one be comforted like a blanket of peace and strength.

  4. Buddy Day
    Jan 03, 2019

    So sorry about Martha’s sister passing. Will be praying for both of you.

  5. phyllis 062203984 carnes
    Jan 03, 2019

    Martha, i am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers for peace and comfort

  6. Tissie Gibson
    Jan 03, 2019

    So sorry to hear about your brother, Martha. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Love you.

  7. Tanya Thomas Hutchinson
    Jan 03, 2019

    Martha and Waylon,
    My heart breaks for your family. The pain of losing a sibling is a deep hurt that is hard to put into words. My prayers are with you both and our family.

  8. Norris Landry
    Jan 03, 2019

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you and Martha and family.

  9. Rita Driggers
    Jan 03, 2019

    You are in our prayers! We are so sorry for your loss.
    Rita and Doug

  10. Lisa Bardwell
    Jan 03, 2019

    Martha, We’re so sorry for your loss and the loss of your brother’s family. We will be praying for you that the strength of God will come upon you. Love you, The Bardwell’s

  11. Diane S Baker
    Jan 03, 2019

    Dear Martha. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for God’s comfort and peace.

  12. The Millers
    Jan 03, 2019

    Tommy’s family & all of you are in my prayers. May God surround you in love and give you rest.
    As I also move through the passing of my brother this December I am reminded that God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. Hold close to God.

  13. Ronnie Nelson
    Jan 03, 2019

    Thank so much for your message today. On this New Years Day my sister,only sibling,was diagnosed with MDS,ore leukemia. Thanks for the comforting words and our sympathy to your family.

  14. Felix Greer
    Jan 03, 2019

    Praying for you all to know God’s presence and comfort in very specific ways now
    and in the days ahead.

  15. Sheila Matheny
    Jan 03, 2019

    I’m so very sorry, Martha and Waylon, that you are experiencing yet another loss. I’ve read Tommy’s name on the prayer list week after week, and have prayed for him. May you both feel the compassion and comfort of our Lord that you spoke of above, Waylon…

  16. Charles Wesley
    Jan 03, 2019

    I am praying for Martha and you that you will experience the wonderful assurance, peace, and comfort that comes through the presence of our God when life is not easy.

  17. Sylvia Snyder
    Jan 03, 2019

    Praying for both of you. My condolences to you and your family. I can imagine the hurting, I too have been through the same. But you know God has got this.

  18. Thelma Hughes
    Jan 03, 2019

    So sorry for the family loss. May God bring comfort.

  19. carol Ethridge
    Jan 03, 2019

    Your message today was very comforting. Praying for peace and comfort for Martha.

  20. Buddy and Joanie Fetter
    Jan 03, 2019

    Martha and Waylon, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Ruthann Bergeron
    Jan 04, 2019

    Martha and Waylon, I’m so sorry for your lost. I know how it feels to be the youngest and only living sibling. The lost of common ground is daunting. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace as you take up the reins of matriarch and enter a new era.

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