Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Grief is the process that helps you release your pain and losses to God. In your grief, you come to terms with your past and you find hope to live in the reality of the present. On the other side of grief, you’ll find hope for the future. So if you harden your heart and refuse to grieve, you are likely to get stuck both emotionally and spiritually.
The prophet Jeremiah shared his grief and tears with God. Jeremiah lived with God’s people and pleaded with them to return to God. But his pleas fell on deaf ears, and his heart was broken. So in his grief, the prophet penned the words of the Old Testament book, Lamentations. When you read it, you’ll find that Jeremiah didn’t mince his words or hide his pain. He weeps openly and fully, releasing his emotions to God. It’s a great example for us when we grieve our own losses.
Lamentations doesn’t provide pat answers for the suffering you’ll experience. If you’ll read it, you’ll discover that it’s all right to be real, to be angry, to be disappointed with life, and to be concerned about what tomorrow holds for you. God accepted Jeremiah being angry, tired, and discouraged, and he will accept you as well. Just as God honored the tears of Jeremiah, he’ll honor yours if you share your pain and sorrow with him. It’s likely to be the first step to bring healing for the present and hope for the future.
Quote: C.S. “I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.”
Point to ponder – In 2014, one of my young cousins “Craig” was murdered tragically in Baltimore Maryland and our family had to endure this painful matter, like so many have to face today! Remembering those who have had loved ones murdered senselessly and are in need of our prayers.
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