My name is D. Ray Davis, and I experienced terrible loss on February 18, 2019 when my wife, Kim, died unexpectedly. Mine is a story of both loss and lessons of hope learned on this long and unwanted journey.

Kim and I were married on July 30, 1983, and we enjoyed life together for more than thirty-five years. We were blessed with three children and five grandchildren (now seven grandchildren five years after her death). Our life was not devoid of sorrow, but our life was good. We were empty-nesters and enjoying a new phase in life with adult children and the wonderful gift of grandchildren.

After loss, I set out to heal which led me to journaling. Before long, I was learning important lessons. Counselors encouraged me to share my lessons with others. I recognize I have a stewardship with what’s been entrusted to me. So, I embark on a journey to share lessons of hope learned on my unwanted journey as I have faced loss.

As you join me on this journey, remember these blog entries are a retelling of my story chronicled in my journal. I choose to invest these lessons learned between February 2019 and August 2021 to help others on their journeys. I began releasing these entries over a year after Kim’s death. Including a journey where I journaled through The Psalms, entries will represent a retelling of my story between February 25, 2020 through December 29, 2025.

Join me as we face the brokenness of loss together with the hope of the gospel. Start from the beginning.