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Resplendent Bride : Essays on Love and Loss
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RESPLENDENT BRIDE : ESSAYS ON LOVE & LOSS by Evan M. Welcher

160 pages

I call her my Resplendent Bride because I have eyes and ears and for a time she even let me hold her hand.

Yet although her time among us was cut short by cancer, I still feel the afterglow of her resplendence. We were married less than three years. I buried my heart and my wedding ring in St. Louis.

We walked through the shadowlands hand-in-hand until she drew her final breath. She suffered gracefully in a world that does not know what to do with pain.

The Christian faith has always been about death and resurrection, for those twin truths were the reason the Lord Jesus sojourned among us. We have forgotten the old way—we have forgotten how to suffer and die well.

Danielle was my Resplendent Bride, and the church is Christ’s. I invite you to walk through this broken house so that you may know our small part in the divine love story.

As King David said in Psalm 27:13, “. . . I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” and if not, I know the resurrection fast approaches.

Come, won’t you sit amongst the graves with me, and dream of Resurrection Day?

 

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 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Key 
Part 1 – Shiny, Happy People
   1.  Dogwood
   2.  The Cancer, 15 Months, and the Sovereignty of God
   3.  The Cancer and the Christ
   4.  “. . . But If It Dies . . .”
   5.  How to Keep Your “I Do” in the Present Tense
   6.  Hiking in the Dark

Part 2 – Come Back
   7.  The River Styx
   8.  The Funeral Sermon
   9.  A Widower Reads: A Grief Observed
   10.  A Small Note on What God Does Through Pain
   11.  Love Is Not the Same Thing as Sex
   12.  The Leader Dies in Christianity
   13.  Spurgeon on Mourning
   14.  I Am a Weak Preacher
   15.  Broken
   16.  Living in the Valley of the Shadow of Death
   17.  “Hey, Green Eyes, Don’t Dream It’s Over.”
   18.  Fight The Nothing
   19.  One Year

Part 3 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
   20.  The Beauty of It All
   21.  Go Home, Son
   22.  All the Days
   23.  Burdened
   24.  Climbing Mt. Nebo
   25.  The Resurrection and the Life, and the Pain In-Between

Epilogue
Appendix: Eight Ways to Comfort the Suffering