God's Message came to me:
"Son of man, I'm about to take from you the delight of your life - a real blow, I know. But, please, no tears.
Keep your grief to yourself. No public mourning. Get dressed as usual and go about your work - none of the usual funeral rituals."
I preached to the people in the morning. That evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I'd been told.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)