When we lose someone we love, we go through a grieving process. And God will comfort us and walk us through it. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted’ (Matthew 5:4 NIV). Grieving is the healthy way to process our emotions, to express our pain and move beyond it. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time for us to work through our thoughts and emotions. Grief and loss can’t be taken away, but they’re experiences we don’t have to go through alone. It can help to remember that God’s close to us. He’s holding us and healing the wounds we have. The Bible tells us that God is the ‘Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.’ Knowing that He’s close brings us comfort when we’re experiencing situations we never thought we’d have to experience, and dealing with emotions which seem overwhelming. The Bible says: ‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me’ (Psalm 23:4 NIV). He’s always with us, no matter what we’re walking through. He’s giving us the strength we need when we feel weak and exhausted. In Isaiah 40, we’re told: ‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak’ (v.29 NIV). And He promises that joy will come back into our lives. In Psalm 30, it says: ‘Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5 NIV). It might take a long time before we feel that joy again, but no matter how long it takes, we can be comforted by that fact that God’s with us in the weeping and the rejoicing.
Write a letter to yourself to read when you experience grief and loss. Include reminders about God’s love, comfort, and closeness to you.
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