Author: Cynthia Mascarenhas

  • PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR!

    PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR!

    In this season of uncertainty, fear lurks around every corner; it governs every decision; it steals our joy! Ask anyone who deals with the devastation of death, disease, or divorce. Tentative living is not what we are called to do; Yet, FEAR is REAL. Where then should we turn for hope? To the one true […]

  • Valentine’s Day for the broken-hearted

    Valentine’s Day for the broken-hearted

    February 14th conjures up images of love and romance. Yet, some of us have only memories to hold on to. How do I celebrate this special day of love without the one I have loved? My heart, which still bursts with love, now feels heavy with pain akin to unrequited love. As much as I […]

  • Dating as a Widow: The Fear of Loneliness

    Dating as a Widow: The Fear of Loneliness

    (Gents: Pay close attention.  Great lessons to follow) The fear of loneliness is what compels people to seek relationships.  A neonate cries out loud upon waking up from a nap but is comforted immediately upon seeing a smiling face loom over the crib.  A toddler wants to be tucked in bed; it is not the […]

  • Forgiveness – what role does it play in my grief journey?

    Forgiveness – what role does it play in my grief journey?

    Guilt and anger are recognized characteristics of the grief journey – Guilt over what could have been done or should have been done; guilt over things left unsaid or things that were better left unsaid; guilt over those fleeting moments where a smile might form around the corners of your mouth; guilt for some unknown […]

  • A New Year – the promise of a New You!

    A New Year – the promise of a New You!

    The passage of time does not always bring with it an anticipation of a “new tomorrow.” Somewhere deep within, I know, “Out with the Old and In with the New” is an adage that is only partially true. Some parts of me have left me forever only in a physical and tangible sense; I still […]

  • Why Christmas means even more to me as a widow

    Why Christmas means even more to me as a widow

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and the most painful, nostalgic, nightmarish time of the year now that my husband is gone.  Our hearts and home scream for the void we feel.  A voice that once boomed through our home at Christmas as we gathered around the piano is forever silent.  The man of […]