Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Grief is a process that is more like a spiraling up and down through various stages of emotions that we encounter as we grieve the passing of someone we love. I do not remember what I experienced when my brother died as the result of a motorcycle accident, or when my mom died from complications of the cancer she was fighting. Both deaths were unexpected and sudden. What I do know is that it would have been unbearable if I had not known Jesus when they died.
A dear friend is going through the grief process right now. She shared with me what she has been going through and what she has learned; it is powerful. She has given me permission to share last week’s spiritual journey:
This week…God’s Word, Bible Study, and a mature Christian friend’s words of encouragement…all helped me to understand several things.
~ My purpose in God has never changed — it is the same for every Christian — to love & Glorify Him; to share His Word & to be His Ambassador here on earth.
~ I’ve been frantically searching for what God’s Plan… for my life is now without W—…I think partly because I was thinking, “If I know what God wants me to do, then I am through the grieving process.”…WRONG!
~ I do still need to work on the grieving process, it is not going to magically get better on its own. I need to allow God to comfort me and not try and do this on my own. Also, until I die or Christ’s Return, I’ll always grieve the loss of W—.
~ All we need to do is to seek God through His Word and enjoy Him! Psalm 46:10 says, “Be Still, and know that I am God”. I need to stop/cease searching for His plans for my life and just Seek Him! Love Him! Enjoy Him!
~ When the time comes, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to lead/guide/show me what God wants me to do. It is NOT my job to seek God’s Plan…it is my job to just Trust Him, Love Him, and Obey Him!
Do you know how calming and peaceful this is for me – for anyone?
I hope that if you or anyone you know is grieving, you or they will be comforted and encouraged by the insights my friend has received and understood. The Lord bless you with His presence and comfort.
Father, we cannot know or understand how another is grieving the loss a beloved husband, wife, father, mother, sibling, child, or friend. We only know that it hurts. Your presence comforts the brokenhearted. Help us to pray for those who are grieving and to comfort them as You have comforted us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Right now, we “can only imagine” what being in Your presence is like, but then, we will know You and join in the celebration with those who have gone home before us, in true worship. We look forward to that day, but until then, we ask for Your comfort and love to keep us and hold us close to You; in Jesus’ name, amen.