Tag Archive | grief

Isaiah 53:3 ” He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.”

We are not “acquainted with grief” in the same way Jesus Christ was.  When illness, injury, or affliction strikes us…we suck it up, endure, and just live through it, waiting for it to end.  But Jesus faced sorrow head-on…knowing intimately what it was to suffer.  He very plainly explained to His disciples in Luke 18:31-33 how He would be mocked, insulted, spit on, flogged, and killed…personally taking on and experiencing all the pent-up evil of this world.  We taste suffering and sorrow…but Jesus is intimate with them.

Psalm 69:29 ” I am in pain and distress; may Your salvation, O God, protect me.”

Suffering, grief, troubles, and pain are all part of the human experience.  No one is exempt.  So if we know this will happen in our life…why does it sometimes take a while to give these burdens to the Lord rather than shouldering them alone?  The Psalmist here is crying out to the Lord for protection and deliverance…realizing, that only God can help him.    The time to give our troubles  to the Lord is long before we’ve come to the end of ourselves…when desperation, hopelessness, and despair have taken over our life.  If you’re in this place today,  I pray Psalm 20:1-5  over you now,  “May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.  May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.  May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests.”   Amen.

Psalm 88:18 ” You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.”

I’ve seen this first hand with my elderly parents the past year.  Almost weekly,  a close friend, neighbor or acquaintance dies…usually from old age, but that still  doesn’t lessen the blow of their passing.  Even though death and dying is a part of life, we still  mourn and experience sadness in our loss.  The Psalmist here is lamenting to God that his friends, parents, or maybe children are gone…leaving him in a very dark place in his life.  We all at sometime in our lives will feel just like this Psalmist…grappling with the loneliness and sorrow of losing  loved ones.  And that’s OK.  Giving ourselves permission to grieve is a healthy and  vital part of the grieving process.  It’s OK also to feel lonely.  That person we’ve known so well has left, and what remains is a void…a gapping  hole in our heart of palatable  sadness.  It’s at that time that cherished memories help to bridge the chasm of grief.  Sharing those memories with others is also a way of slowly moving out of that dark place into the light.  For God knows exactly how you feel…He understands your pain…you may feel lonely, but with Him,  you’ll never be alone.

Jeremiah 31:13 ” I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”

Most of us have a hard time expressing our condolences to a friend that’s just lost a loved one.  We stumble around, trying hard to say something that will bring comfort.  But it’s only the Lord that can truly bring solace and peace during a time of anguish and mental pain.  Probably one of the most uncaring things to say is, “I know how you feel.”   No you don’t, and you never will.  Grief and grieving is unique to everyone, and all of us will go through it differently.  But with the Lord’s help, grief will be soothed…  fears will be quieted… peace will still frantic thoughts…and over time,  joy will return.

Romans 8:35-37 ” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors.”

No matter what the world throws at you this coming year…remember that with the Lord you can overcome it.  Whether it be troubles pressing down upon you from the outside, or anguish that comes from within…you can rise above them all with His help.  Don’t try to make it on your own…God is there, ready to take those burdens.  And in the end, you’ll rise victorious over all the pain and suffering.

Psalm 10:14 ” But You, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.”

The Lord understands the misery and sorrow you may feel today.  He wants to take that pain from you…placing it in His all-powerful  hands and off your shoulders.  If burdens are weighing you down today…entrust yourself to God’s mercy and fall upon His  grace.

Job 7:11 ” Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”

Only the Lord may know the personal suffering and grief you’re going through today.  And it’s perfectly OK to be completely honest with God and tell Him how you feel…even to the point of yelling at Him.  For the Lord has very broad shoulders and will never take offense…for only He can truly understand.