By Sherry Simmons
February 3, 2022
Grieving can be the most difficult time in ones life. It does not matter if we lose someone suddenly or after a lengthy illness, it is hard. There are waves of sadness, and often when we think we are getting better we are hit with a tsunami of tears. It can be difficult to perform daily tasks, hard to hold tears back when you run into someone, a song, a memory, triggers in everyday life, grieving has no boundaries.
What does our Father say about these times?
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
He calls us to come to him, he will lighten our grief. He will comfort us and we can find rest in Him. God is good, He is faithful and He loves us with an everlasting love. He knows our inward being, He knows our emotions, our trials and our pain. He loves us, and there- right there is comfort. We should not just go to God in our grieving, but we should run to him.
When we come to the Father we are in the presence of the Great I am, the Creator of all. When you go to him, take a moment to dwell on just who your are talking to. The awe of His magnificent Glory can speak to our hearts. Just the thought of Almighty God is listening, that He bends His ear to hear you; this is the beginning of comfort.
Psalms 19, a beautiful song about the Glory of God. These words can help us find comfort as we are in reverence of our Heavenly Father. As we dwell in admiration, emotion and wonder that this God, our God who controls the universe is listening to us, we begin to feel lighter and relieved of our pain.
1" The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever."
"The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer."
Going to the Father when we hurt so much is the best place we can be. He knows, He understands and He gently wipes away our tears. God understands and His compassion will flow through our spirit as we seek Him.
God truly does understand, the shortest verse in the bible is
John 11:35 "Jesus wept"
Jesus wept, because he felt the anguish of those who were mourning Lazarus. Jesus did not weep over the death of Lazarus, Jesus knew he was about to raise him from the dead. Jesus wept because he felt the pain and sorrow of those around him. He knows! He understands, and He will comfort you.
The Bible also tells us how we benefit from grieving, how we are enriched. We become able to comfort others as time goes by. We recall our moments with the Creator and the peace that filled us. We are equipped to share this and bring others into the presence of God where all mercy and comfort lives.
2 Corinthians 1:3-12
3 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace."
18. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
As we grieve, let us draw nearer to our Father than ever before, and let us focus on the future, our eternal home. God is truly near to the broken heart-ed, his mercies endureths forever.
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Psalms 34 18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Run to God....He will comfort you