Woman's Husband Cremated without Her Knowledge But She Finds Hope Thanks to 1 Phone Call
How do believers live victoriously through situations that are too painful to make any sense?
On an episode of the Women of Faith Show with Alita Reynolds, author, speaker, singer, and founder of Hope for the Heart, June Hunt, shares the story behind the name of her ministry, gives a peek into her bizarre childhood, and reflects on a life-changing phone call.
After a struggling woman with a background of childhood sexual abuse suddenly lost her husband and called in to Hunt’s radio show, Hope in the Night, Hunt knew she had an opportunity to help turn a desperate and dark situation into a launching pad for hope.
As the widow was handed her husband’s biomatter, not only did the hurting caller realize her husband had been cremated without her knowledge, but she never got the chance to say her final goodbyes.
Knowing the woman’s hopelessness on the other end of the line could turn suicidal, Hunt prompted her to ponder if God was preparing her to use all this pain for a ministry to comfort others experiencing similar circumstances.
Hunt told her, “Empathy says, ‘I’ll hurt with you,’ … compassion says, ‘I’ll hurt with you, and I’ll be there for you.'”
Speaking from her own childhood experiences, Hunt reminded the woman and those listening in that God did not create people to get hurt by the evil intentions of other people, and encourages, “He knows how He wants to use all to … redeem all.”
Throughout childhood, Hunt found herself asking the question, “if there’s really a loving God, why would He allow … all this pain?” But she invited God into her story and her life is proof nothing is wasted when it is released into God’s hands.
Reynolds and Hunt’s conversation consists of so much more as they discuss the power of empathy, the significance of forgiveness, the benefits of staying dependent, and how optimistic desire can turn into optimistic assurance.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.