We all experience loss. We often associate loss and grief in connection with dying. Life is filled with other forms of loss including losing a job, a home, and a marriage. We experience loss of independence through aging, disability, and illness.
As believers walking alongside others as they deal with grief, we can share God’s love and comfort, helping people draw nearer to God. We find comfort, peace, love, and forgiveness in the Lord.
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. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Jesus knows how we fell because He himself had human emotions. He loved. He laughed. He hurt. He got mad. He mourned. Jesus wept when Lazarus died (John 11:35). He got angry when the Pharisees led people astray (Matthew 21). We see a compassionate Jesus healing and forgiving hurting people in Matthew 9.
Our emotions don’t shock or confuse God, especially during loss and grief. God wants to comfort and heal us. We just have to be willing to let Him.
“When grief joins your repertoire of experiences, it changes you. You don’t emerge as the same person you were before.” Melinda Fish, author