Christian communicator Ron Hutchcraft joins Perry and Shawna to share about his journey into the pitch black cavern of grief after the unexpected death of his dear wife Karen. He shares the excruciating pain of that darkness, how it recreated him, and how Jesus led him out. Ron’s story will help you with any kind of painful loss you’ve experienced. First Ron takes us back to the night that led him into that darkest cavern. With the first impact of the loss of Karen, something rose up in him, “Lord, help me not to waste this grief!”
Then Ron shares how he was able to keep from being destroyed by grief. It had to do with pouring out his grief in a journal and then learning in the crucible of the pain that eternal hope is the only vaccine for grief. Next Ron shares the raw feelings that swept over him in the darkness. Then Ron shares this extravagant hope—In our deepest pain, we have a Savior who gets us.
Next Ron shares what he faced at the crossroads of grief—to become closed and hard and bitter. Or to become soft and tender. He chose the latter and it has made him an agent of hope to the suffering. And finally Ron shares the most redeeming questions to ask in loss. These are questions that will lead you out of the dark cavern of grief to be a light for your world. Please share this amazing conversation of hope. And look for the January release of Ron’s story: Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking.
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.