When life takes it turn–only God can hold us! Death, loss of a job, loss of health….we will grieve!
Mother Teresa said, “In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
In God’s Holy Word–which is a shield on our hearts–it says in the Word–He who is forgiven much, loves much. Well I say, he who loves much, will grieve much.
When I lost my mother in December of 2017, I looked at this chapter as a “Graduation”. Graduating from this earth suit, into the heavenly suit. In the moment in the midst of when the person you love takes their last breath.
No matter how well prepared you are–death can feel like a shock. At the time of death, Christian’s say, Graduation to heaven. While those who don’t believe in Christ, will refer to death as final. WE, as believers, say graduation to heaven. Here is a scripture that will bring you comfort, Matthew 11 vs. 28, “Come unto me, all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.
Be kind to yourself and have the courage to grieve.
We don’t grieve like most people. The book of Nahum 1 vs. 7, “The Lord is good – a strong hold in a day of trouble, and he knoweth them that TRUST in him”.
You see, God is amazing. Our life is but for a moment. Make the best of it! The loss of a loved one throws every aspect of our life out of balance. At least it did for me, the closer we are to the person who died, the more havoc the loss creates. Love does not die, God is Love and the greatest commandment is to “Love one Another”.
Hence to grieve, is to pray….to celebrate the depth of the UNION; because you will see your loved one again.
Grief is a wound that God will heal, because that loss needs attention to heal. Having the courage to BELIEVE GOD, having the courage to grieve. God leads you to having the courage to live on, to love, to risk and enjoy life on earth. So honor the passing of your loved one in a variety of ways! But remember to take care of yourself.
*What you can do–take a deep breath. Know your heavenly Father is holding you*
*Read the Bible–Psalms 37 vs. 39, “But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord–He is their strength in the time of trouble.”
*Ask for help and for prayers–from a trusted friend, your pastor, a trained counselor*
By Pastor Vilma Everette