As we move into the Christmas season, there is SO MUCH JOY to be found. But for those who simply cannot escape what’s difficult or broken or painful or devastating, there’s also a place at this table for you.

Today at The Messy Table, Amy Groeschel and Jenn Jewell are chatting with Grace Whitnah—a wife and mother of five who’s lived through a parent’s worst nightmare… twice. A vibrant teenage son who, suddenly and unexpectedly, took his own life. Then, years later, another wave of tragedy that came crashing in.

And yet, Grace and her husband, Reed, are still clinging to their Savior. Together they offer hope to the weary by leading a While We’re Waiting support group for bereaved parents. Grace explained…

“I can either wallow in the pain of what’s happened, or I can think about how I can honor my boys and glorify God.”  Grace Whitnah

If you’ve known the gut-wrenching sting of loss, you’re not alone. If the holidays are hard for you, you’re in good company. And if you’ve ached for a world without sorrow, pull up a chair. We’re honored to have you at The Messy Table.

Listen HERE.



While We’re Waiting | While We’re Waiting Podcast

Reed & Grace Whitnah’s Monthly Support Group: (405)229-6686

Winning the War in Your Mind by Craig Groeschel

Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table by Louie Giglio

Switch On Your Brain and Clean Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore | Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman

Every Moment Holy, Volume 2 by Douglas McKelvey

Heaven by Randy Alcorn | Imagine Heaven by John Burke

Within Heaven’s Gates by Rebecca Springer

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Randy Alcorn’s message (on heaven and the new earth)

Gratitude, Don’t Give Up on Me, and So Close by Brandon Lake

Though You Slay Me by Shane & Shane (featuring John Piper)



Ep. 49 with Jennie Lusko [Unspeakable Loss + Unshakeable Hope]

Ep. 52 with Kate Merrick [Show Up for Your Actual Life]

Ep. 61 with Molly Allen [Choosing Life When Things Get Dark]

Ep. 63 with Jennifer Cantrell [Joy in the Depths of Suffering]

Ep. 86 with Avery Brooks [Relentless Joy in the Face of Heartbreak]

Ep. 105 with Priscilla Shirer [A Timeless Reset]

Ep. 115 with Alyson Brown + Kelsi Cole [A Tragic Honor]

Ep. 121 with Jen Lake [Life After Loss]