Dear God, it’s me Michelle. I wish I was a little girl asking you when will my pimples clear up or if the boy in 5th period likes me. But God I’m a grown woman who’s been saved and serving you for years. I’m an accomplished woman whom you have abundantly blessed. As the elder saints would say, you’ve brought me from a mighty long way. But God, I am also a widow at thirty-six who’s still asking why did you take my husband away. Lord, I know all of the scriptures, ” to be absent from the body is to be present with God” and so on. But God, I still wonder why.

Darin and I were saved and serving you. I know we weren’t perfect and we had a lot of growing in Christ to do. So Lord why? Why him? Why now? We were so happy. We had so many hopes and dreams. We were enjoying life and looking forward to the future. With Darin, life made sense. If work was tough or family obligations were wearing me down, I had you to pray to and Darin to talk to. I was set! Come richer or poorer, preferably richer, sickness, health – whatever, Darin and I knew that we would make it because we had you and each other.

Now Lord it’s just me and I know that I have you but sometimes, it’s hard to pray because I am angry and disappointed. I had no idea on that fateful day that I would see Darin and hear his voice for the last time. And Lord, as I think about where I am in life, where I’ve been, what it all means – I’m blank. Sometimes I feel like I am going through the motions and that I’ll wake up and Darin will come home from work and ask what’s for dinner, or I’ll open up the bathroom and see him showering. I know that because of your keeping me that I haven’t completely lost my mind. I appreciate you for everything you are to me. But Lord, I’m angry. I’m sad and at times I’m lonely. I miss my husband and best friend. We were buddies! He is truly the only person I have ever traveled with and never got tired of his company. I miss his stories, his jokes and his laughter. I miss his cold feet, his big hands and his even bigger smile. I miss our trips to the grocery store, Mxonopoly games and vacations. I even miss our nights in bed watching TV and eating ice cream.

Lord, I know you love me and that you have a plan for my life. I just wish that I knew what it is. The thought or dare I say the reality of being single at thirty-six in an age where statistics suggest that Black people or Black women are not likely to marry, that HIV/AIDS is the number one killer of young Black women, and where chivalry and courting seem to be have gone by the wayside is scary! There are only so many purses, shoes and mutual funds that I can buy. Only so much time to work, work out, and go out with girlfriends. But seriously Lord, I have been here before. Prior to dating and marrying Darin, I traversed those “single” waters and many of the statistics were prevalent. However, I thank you because I remember when I began to trust you, you rewarded my faith by sending a true gentleman and friend to me. This man courted me and made me his wife – after he sought direction from you. We had some beautiful times and while I am sad that they’re over, I know that you know the desires of my heart. I will continue to meditate on your word, “all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” I know I will also have more times when I will lash out at you and at others because I am hurting. I ask you to continue to heal me and to strengthen me as I go. Make me all you have called me to be. These things I ask in faith and in Jesus’ name. Thank God. Amen.

Michelle D. Banks is the Founder and Executive Director of The Darin C. Banks Foundation, a youth education and mentoring organization. She started DCBF in loving memory of her husband Darin, and to continue his legacy of service to others. In addition to providing college bound students with scholarships, DCBF also coordinates mentoring programs designed to encourage students to explore potential career paths, build character, and promote volunteer service. To find out more about DCBF, go to, fan The Darin C. Banks Foundation on Facebook, connect with DCBF on Twitter, or contact DCBF at (313) 605-0057.

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  1. Karen Stover on August 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Michelle, I commend you on bearing your soul and as I was reading I was anxious to get to the bottom to see what God’s response was. You remind me of David. He was so honest about his feelings with God and I think a lot of times we get wrapped up in God being this big supreme being and if we ever reveal our true feelings he will strike us down. That we forget that God is love and he wants us to be honest with him even though he knows how we feel already it just deepens the relationship when you can be honest out loud with yourself and God. When you can be open like you were in your post it leaves you open for COMPLETE RESTORATION. I like the way you referred yourself as a window showing that you are open to release and receive. You have blessed me because I have a man begging to marry me and I have been putting him off for years due to my own trust and comittment issues but your story just confirmed tomorrow is not promise to anyone of us and if I want to enjoy being with the man I know I am in love with in right standing with God then I have to take a leap of faith and Trust God. So again thank you for bearing your soul in the shadows of your life.

    • ShalenaD.I.V.A on August 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

      Karen, you were so right in your response when it comes to how we approach God. If you see Him as the God who will strike you down whenever you have a complaint or don’t understand, then you will never be able to express yourself the way Michelle has. I view God as the lover of my soul who understands and loves me to pieces. I also understand that He will correct me along the way in a way that I will respond to and do better. I commend Michelle for being so open and honest about her feelings because this post demonstrates that she is working through her feelings and trying to get her footing. I can’t imagine the pain she’s going through because Darin seemed like a great guy, a testament that there are real life Prince Charmings.

      Michelle, thank you for agreeing to write this piece when I asked you to do so. Your post has set at least one person free and I am sure it will encourage so many others like myself. Your story touched me and stayed with me throughout the night. I hope sharing this story and knowing that it is encouraging people brings healing to your soul.

      I can’t wait to work with you in the future. Be blessed!

  2. Michelle on August 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Karen, thank you for those kind words. Be encouraged and live every day to the fullest.
    Shalena, thank you for the opportunity to share my story. I appreciate your treating me with kindness and sensitivity. Definitely looking forward to working with you again. Be blessed!

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