Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone (James 4:14). It is God’s breath in us that gives us life, our bodies are merely an earth suit for our mission through this doorway to eternity. Life was given to us as a gift, not a right. Death is part of life just as living is. Although grief is one of life’s toughest challenges, it is possible, with God, to find solace in our deepest despair.
The reality is that . . .
you will grieve forever
you will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one;
you will learn to live with it
you will heal
and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered
you will be whole again
but you will never be the same
nor should you be the same
nor would you want to
– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Psychologically speaking, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are five stages of grief that tend to follow a fairly predictable pattern. If you’ve ever suffered loss of a magnanimous kind, you’d be familiar with one or more of these grieving reactions. However, each person’s experience does not necessarily follow this sequence. Grief does not occur on some linear timeline nor does everyone experience each and every stage. The importance of these stages is one’s awareness of them and learning to cope with them so as to live on in peace and hope.
Personally, I’ve learned to cope with loss by practicing vulnerability through opening up to God and others near to me. You are allowed to grieve in your own way, don’t hesitate to share your memories, or even express your anger. Comfort is right around the corner. Prepare to come to God with your own wounds and doubts, honestly admit your weakness and be transparent about your need for Him. It is then that God is close and rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
If you’re overwhelmed today, fix your thoughts on the God who comforts the afflicted. I pray that these quotes and Holy Scriptures bring you solace in your time of quiet reflection.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.
Las personas más bellas con las que me he encontrado son aquellas que han conocido la derrota, conocido el sufrimiento, conocido la lucha, conocido la pérdida, y han encontrado su forma de salir de las profundidades.
Estas personas tienen una apreciación, una sensibilidad y una comprensión de la vida que los llena de compassion, humildad y una profunda inquietud amorosa.
La gente bella no surge de la nada.
– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. – Psalms 34:18
El Señor está cerca de los que tienen quebrantado el corazón; Él rescata a los de espíritu destrozado. – Salmos 34:18
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16
Pues el Señor mismo descenderá del cielo con un grito de mando, con voz de arcángel y con el llamado de trompeta de Dios. Primero, los creyentes que hayan muerto, se levantarán de sus tumbas. – 1 Tesalonicenses 4:16
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
Vengan a mí todos los que están cansados y llevan cargas pesadas, y Yo les daré descanso. – Mateo 11:28
My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26
Puede fallarme la salud y debilitarse mi espíritu, pero Dios sigue siendo la fuerza de mi corazón; Él es mío para siempre. – Salmos 73:26
The day, which we fear as our last, is but the birthday of eternity.
El día que tenemos ser el último para nosotros, no es más que el cumpleaños de la eternidad. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Bask in His comfort and share His grace with others.