I’m waking up amid the pines of East Texas, visiting my Mom. The air is cool and brisk from the cold front passing through the serene solitude of my childhood home. There are lots of memories present here. Today would have been my Dad’s 84th birthday. This past Monday, marked 11 years since his passing.
Change and loss are part of the architecture decorating the landscape along life’s highway. Change means gaining something new while letting go of something familiar. While we generally relate grief with death, we experience a menu of losses in our lifetime.
Seasons of change and loss can provide rich opportunities for us to draw closer to the God who heals our hurts, mends our wounds, and quells our fears amid the storms.
As believers, we can help the people in our lives navigate the troubling waters associated with life’s changes and losses. We can point them to a loving God who is ready to shower them with His peace and comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
Our Lord and God, help us help those are experiencing grief due to a time of change and loss in their life journey. Give us the right words to speak loving comfort into their lives. Keep us from minimizing their grief or distracting them from feeling their emotions. May we point them to You so that they may draw nearer to You and receive Your peace and comfort. Amen.