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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Reflection: Grief hurts

This week on a social media, I read that a family’s house burned down, several mom’s confirm their continued suffering over the death of their children, and a woman still grieves the loss of her husband’s sudden death. 

The list goes on:
  • A woman's mom died,
  • Someone has been diagnosed with a disease,
  • Someone lost their job,
  • Someone divorced.
All but one thanked those people who continue to pray for God’s layer of comfort over their grief and suffering.

Grief is suffering.  Sometimes people are healed of their suffering, but sometimes they learn to live with the perpetual hurt in their heart.

God knows about our pain. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147: 3 (NIV)

He sees every tear we shed. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56:8 (NIV)

As Christians, we realize that our earthly life brings a lot of horrible happenings, where we may only find bandages for our pain. But we also know there’s great stuff ahead. We are promised that living with God in his Kingdom means we will never again experience sorrow or pain.

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
                 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘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.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1-7 (NIV)

For now we stay close to God, opening our hearts and minds to His healing and comfort. It's better that way.

Blessings,
Teresa

8 comments:

  1. Because one day we will feel none of that pain, only the joy of His glory.

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  2. Very sad stuff out there for sure. That's why I quit watching the news. Although in the past 2 days, a friend's 27 year marriage is over and another broke up her relationship for good this time. It breaks my heart. Then I'm all superstitious, saying, 'things happen in 3s' and am terrified that maybe mine will be the 3rd one.

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  3. We suffer so we can support those who suffer -- empathize and listen. Would be nice if we didn't have to go through all this crap, though.

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  4. There is much sadness and grief around us, but there is also a lot of love, support and strength through friends and family. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a delightful week to come, my friend.

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  5. The crap sure does pile up, but once you've had so much you see the world around you different. Place could burn down and I'd just shrug and walk away at this point.

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  7. great post, teresa!
    i'd like to share a quote by john keats.
    “Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
    ― John Keats

    blessings!

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  8. Last summer a woman here in town left her baby in the car all day...the baby died. I was just thinking the other day that's something you would never, ever recover from. Faith might help...I don't know. Seems you'd just lose your mind.

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