Widow to speak on grieving with hope
On Sept. 29, 2015, Brittany Price suddenly lost her husband. A mother of three sons all under the age of 3 unexpectedly became a widow.
And Laura Latham lost a brother. Latham is the women's ministry coordinator of First Baptist Lawton, and her sister-in-law will be the guest speaker at the church's Women's Conference Friday.
"As painful as that was for our family, we believe that there's always purpose in pain and that God never wastes our pain," Latham said. "So Brittany began speaking. She speaks all over the country, mostly in the state of Georgia where she's from."
Price doesn't solely speak on grief, but on persevering through trials, the faithfulness of God and the hope found in Jesus.
"She wants to share her story so that others will come to know God and be encouraged in their pain to continue to walk with the Lord and trust in him," Latham said.
Latham, her parents, sister and sister-in-law all still grieve. Latham said grieving will never go away, and they will continue to grieve with hope.
"The Bible says that as Christians we grieve, but not without hope," Latham said. "So I've watched my parents grieve with hope. I've seen them continue on in life. My mom gets up every day and continues. My mom said after my brother died, 'I determined that day in the hospital that I was going to continue on for the ones that loved me.' My parents are pretty amazing. I've seen their faith remain strong and their marriage stronger than ever as well."
For Latham personally, she has realized that if she can trust God in death, then she can trust him in anything. Seeing her sister-in-law's faith through this tragedy and the way God has provided has deepened her personal faith.
"Watching my sister-in-law trust God in heart-wrenching pain, losing the love of her life and the father to her children, has encouraged my faith and shown me that there's nothing off limits in trusting God," Latham said. "I've watched him come through for her time and time again and watched him provide for her and the boys."
Tickets for the Women's Conference are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The conference is for women of all ages and, according to Latham, is for anyone who has gone through any type of difficulty, which includes everyone.