Grief After Loss

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 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139: 13 NIV

The hands that made all of creation hold our hearts in His hands.

We have all faced grief at various levels throughout or lives.  Life is full of trials and hardships that we must all endure.  I know for me, there have been several hard situations I have grieved through, but nothing compared to watching my dad endure his cancer journey and ultimately pass away.  I have never felt so numb and overcome with emotions all at the same time before.  Never did I think I would be in my mid-twenties, married with young children and dealing with the loss of a parent.  That is not how life is supposed to work.  But whether that is how I felt or believed, that is not how life happened.

“We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is our Father who shows us loving-kindness and our God who gives us comfort.  He gives us comfort in all our troubles.  Then we can comfort other people who have the same troubles.  We give the same kind of comfort God gives us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLV

Day by day, and let’s be honest, most days were moment by moment, I pulled my head up and looked toward Heaven.  Sometimes I asked questions and other times I would just let the tears flow.  Whether this was my plan or not, it happened.  I had to face reality that life was going to form a new “normal” that I would have to be okay with.  The more I sought after God and chose to focus on His will for my days, I found an inner peace that could not be shaken.  There have been others who have walked a similar journey before me and there will be others after me.  Although I do not understand the “why,” I know that God has comforted me, continues to comfort me, and He will use me to be a comfort to others.  No part of our lives is a waste, but for a reason.  It does not matter if we see the reason or are blind to it, but God is using each and every one of us in powerful ways.  You have a choice… you can give in to the enemies lies of defeat and sorrow with no end in sight OR you can choose to listen to the small voice of Jesus that speaks in the stillness and tells you that you are powerful, you are valuable, and will find joy again.

 “My beloved speaks and says to me:  ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.'” Song of Solomon 2:10-12 ESV

God WILL overcome your grief.


Dear Jesus, I come to you humbly and thank you for holding me when I cannot face what I am going through on my own.  Please give us strength to recognize we are not alone, joy when we are overcome by our emotions, and hope when all we see is our sadness.  God, we know that you will never abandon us and therefore, we will not be afraid of the stillness.  Instead, I pray that when we are brave enough to seek refuge in your calmness, that we will clearly hear your voice affirming that you will never leave us. In Your name, Amen.

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