Blessed are those who mourn
Mathew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted
Grief and those that grieve are very close to my heart at the moment. My mother passed away last week. God saw me through the loss of my father, and grandparents years ago. So not only do I know that he will see me through the loss of my mother, and you through the loss of those you may be grieving for. I know beyond doubt, that those of us who grieve are never far from God’s heart.
God made provision in my life for this event long before it happened. He gave me a loving wife, and family, a caring pastor, and many friends who are close when I need them to be. God never promised that losing someone close to us would be easy. It isn’t, its hard for anybody to go through. God didn’t promise that grief would pass quickly. It won’t, grief is a journey that you may never wholly complete. My father died in 1988, and I still miss him often.
God did promise that he would be with us in our grief, and the other tough times in life. He will be. He promised that he will never leave us. It won’t always be easy to tell, but he will always be there. In times of grief it helps to pray longer and more often, remembering that prayer is as much about listening as speaking. Surrounding yourself with loving Christian friends is another good idea. Keep your bible close at hand, and read it often especially in the first few days. Scripture provides many comforting words for such difficult times.
Remember that as in all things God’s timing is perfect. Your grief will subside, but not overnight. Don’t try to understand what happened, or figure out when things will get better. Trust in God and let things take their natural course. You could do yourself great spiritual and emotional damage by trying to rush things.
Never will you need a relationship with God more than when you grieve, and never will he want to be at your side more !
- Grieving, Hope and Solace (challies.com)
- Grief, Mourning and Guilt (dietanddisease.wordpress.com)
- Grief May Boost Heart Attack Risk (webmd.com)
- Dealing With Grief (womenofspiritandlight.wordpress.com)
- How We Grieve (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Daily Devotional, September 30, 2011 “Too Great For Words” (via God Tube) (thechristiangazette.wordpress.com)