LOSS. The word even sounds sad to me, unless you are trying to lose weight. Then it is a happy thing. When I was looking for a photo to use for this post, dozens of photos of people with scales, measuring tapes, and skinny blue jeans were the results of my search. I finally had to add “loss of life” to my search words to get something other than weight loss.
This month I have to admit that I was at a LOSS as to what I should talk about. Thanksgiving will be past by the time this blog post appears, even though I am writing it several days ahead of Thanksgiving. Even my new release will find its way into the world before anyone reads this post, but I do want to remind everyone that my latest release is a Christmas novella, Puppy Love and Christmas Joy, the fourth book in my Happiness in Hallburg series. It is on sale for 99 cents. You can find more information by clicking or tapping on the title.
Since the title of the series is Happiness in Hallburg, how does loss fit in with happiness? I asked myself that question. I was thinking about Tony Zanetti, the hero of Puppy Love and Christmas Joy. When the story opens, he is clearly reminded of his recent losses. He has lost his job, his fiancee´, and the respect of those closest to him. But happiness is finding joy in Christmas.
I was still debating with myself about the subject of this post when I realized all the books in the Happiness in Hallburg series deal with characters who have suffered a loss. I’m not a plotter. I’m a plodder when it comes to writing. I don’t write fast. I ruminate over my stories as they come to me a little at a time. So I didn’t plan that all these novellas, which have been written a year apart in between the other books I’ve been writing, should all deal with some kind of loss.
In Puppy Love and Mistletoe, Scott Graham has suffered the loss of a dear friend and his wife, and now Scott is their daughter’s guardian. In Puppy Love and Jingle Bells, Cody Dunn has suffered the loss of connection to his sister because of her drug abuse. Oddly enough, the heroine of the story, Sedona Welch, has just decided to lose weight when the story opens, and she finds help from Cody, who is a personal trainer. In Puppy Love and Christmas Cookies, Alex Randall is still having a hard time getting over the loss of his wife. As you can see, there is some kind of loss the characters have to deal with.
Despite the loss connection in the books, I still wasn’t sure this should be the subject of my blog post. Then in church this morning, we had a guest speaker, who preached from the 34th Psalm. When he read this verse, I smiled to myself.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.
Pslam 34:18-19 NRSV
My characters learn this lesson about God and how He makes even the bad things in our lives good. Do you have a bad circumstance or loss in your life that God has turned into good? I would love to hear your stories. I will give away an ebook copy of one of my books to one person who leaves a comment, winner’s choice. I will draw the winning name on November 26, 2023, at 9PM MST.
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