“More than sex, more than faith, even more than its usher, death, grief is unspoken, publicly ignored, except for those moments at the funeral that are over too quickly.” – Anna Quindlen
Unspoken but not devoid of feeling in the hearts of those left behind. The gift of life demands that we take back our joy and that we shall. But like a tidal wave, unannounced and intense, the pain rushes in and crashes through the humdrum with its cursory smiles and emphatic conversation. Its overwhelming sting pierces the heart and floods the senses, leaving us momentarily downcast and dejected! Just like a tidal wave, our beloved’s displacement from us here on earth generates these erratic waves of mortal consternation.
These sad, torturous moments will arise from time to time and its storms must be braved. Emmanuel … God with us! We silently remind ourselves: This too shall pass! This pain is temporary.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” – Jesus. This hope that Jesus gives goes beyond intellectual belief, it’s a supernatural belief. Human understanding cannot perceive it; natural eyes cannot envision it.
grief is a housewhere the chairshave forgotten how to hold usthe mirrors how to reflect usthe walls how to contain us
– Jandy Nelson
To call upon the name above all names, Jesus … and to turn to His Word is where we are ultimately held, reflected and contained. This is no Christian cliché, this is Truth. It is in our profound weakness that God manifests His strength and tremendous power. When in deep agony, calling on Him with a believing heart brings on a supernatural calm. Though the world mocks this kind of advice, God’s promises are not altered. It remains true and unfailing to believers despite the world’s criticism and disbelief. We reclaim our joy by abiding in Him and He in us.
During these dark days, let’s meditate on His Word for comfort, encouragement, and peace:
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ – Psalm 34:18
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
Yours in faith,