‘God Is Always There’: Roma Downey on God’s Comfort and Hope in the Midst of Loss

Roma Downey shares a personal story of God's unexpected comfort and hope in the midst of heart-breaking loss. Even in grief, we can always look for the blessing.

‘God Is Always There’: Roma Downey on God’s Comfort and Hope in the Midst of Loss

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Roma Downey shares a personal story of God's unexpected comfort and hope in the midst of heart-breaking loss. Even in grief, we can always look for the blessing.

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I’ve heard it said that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.

Life on earth is a beautiful experience filled with love, loss, moments of strength and gratitude, as well as moments of heartbreak and sorrow. “Box of Butterflies” is a deeply personal book that shares uplifting stories from my life, alongside quotes, poems, scripture and artwork that speak to the beauty our lives are colored with.

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The story from “Box of Butterflies” that I share with you today is about my mother’s passing, and of the beautiful and unique ways that God reminds us of his love.

I was raised in Northern Ireland in a household where it was always the right time for prayer, because gratitude to God was just a part of our everyday lives. But when I was only ten, my precious mother passed away unexpectedly, and I felt as though my heart had broken into a thousand pieces.

I missed her so much, but the idea that a beautiful butterfly could represent my beloved mother gave me great comfort and reassurance.

The first time I went with my dad to visit my mother’s grave, we brought some beautiful pansies—because my mother loved them and used to say they looked like little butterflies. As we stood on the breezy hillside praying, a little butterfly flew right in front of us. My father said, “Would you look at that wee butterfly there? It could be your mother’s spirit.”

I missed her so much, but the idea that a beautiful butterfly could represent my beloved mother gave me great comfort and reassurance. And since that moment at my mother’s graveside so many years ago, it has continued to give me comfort throughout my life.

 Watch the video above to learn more about the times God has guided me or shown me love in unexpected and unique ways. Is there a way God catches your attention like the butterfly catches mine? Are there moments in your life that feel as though they are much more than coincidence?

 “Box of Butterflies” will be available for purchase on March 6, 2018. Visit boxofbutterflies.com to learn more about the book and pre-order your own copy.


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