September 12, 2023 - Healing and New Life

Grief is an ugly part of life and a wonderful tool for healing. Grief is difficult, the most difficult thing I have lived through.

It is a healing tool God uses to touch our hearts after we experience loss. Grief makes you feel like you can’t survive, but you can as you allow God to use it to bring healing to your broken heart. No amount of tears or grieving will bring our loved one back, but those tears and that grief express not only our hurt but also our love. I heard recently, “If you don’t want to grieve, then don’t love.” I will choose to love every day, and the rewards of giving and receiving love will far outweigh the pain of grief. 

Two years ago, our family was concerned with Shari’s health as she had been admitted just a few days earlier, on September 9, 2021, for what was to be a five-day stay. At the same time, my daughter-in-law’s father and my friend was also hospitalized, and he would pass away on this date, September 12, 2021. Candice has been strong beyond belief, losing her dad and then, a few weeks later, Shari. I’m praying for her today. 

Grief makes you feelPart of the grief journey involves hurting with and for others in the pain of their grief. A simple Google search reveals that worldwide, there are 166,324 deaths each day, 6,930 each hour: 116 per minute, and almost 2 deaths every second. Think about the number of people impacted daily by loss and grief. 

Sometimes, we get caught up in our pain and our loss; look around; it is very likely that we encounter people who are grieving every day. I pray that God would give me a greater sensitivity to those I encounter on this grief journey. 

The journey may never end, but God, in His grace, enables our hearts to continue to grow around the grief we experience to bring healing and hope for the future He has for us. One of the strongest things I was told about dealing with death and grief comes from the 23rd Psalm about the valley of the shadow of death. We will all pass through this valley at some point. BUT we are only passing through. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is leading us, and we don’t have to stay there. “He leads me through the valley of the shadow of death…” The valley is brutal, but you don’t travel it alone, and there is hope and life on the other side. Just keep walking, crawling, or letting Jesus carry you; just don’t attempt to stay there.

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