March 30, 2022 - The Grief Journey

I read this again today and realized how we, or at least me, desire the joy that comes in the morning, but we don’t want to go through the night of weeping to get there.

It’s an interesting concept that we can’t numb the bad feelings and not also numb the good feelings.

From Davey Blackburn; Nothing Is Wasted

“A concept in scripture that we don’t practice well in the Western world is lamenting. To lament means to mourn deeply. In ancient Judaism there were practices of mourning that included ripping one’s clothes, pouring ashes all over oneself, and ceasing all activity (including work) for a period of time to mourn. This intense and dedicated mourning process actually enabled the people to work through their loss in a much quicker timeline than what we’re able to in today's culture.

We tend to do the exact opposite of the ancient Jewish people. We numb. We distract. We avoid. When what we should do is mourn, and mourn deeply. Take the dedicated time, like Job did, to let all the emotions erupt from your being. As you build a capacity to endure the negative emotions head-on, your capacity to experience the positive ones will also increase. Scripture tells us, “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NLT). The prerequisite to experiencing the joy is first entering into and enduring the weeping. If we’re going to be raised up to experience Jesus’ resurrection, we must first face this season of suffering.”

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