“Instruction on how to live even extends to how to grieve.” – D.A.Carson
What is grief? To paraphrase Webster, it is intense mental anguish, deep remorse, acute sorrow, or simply – to hurt. We think of grief as what we experience when a loved one dies, however, grief could very well be the response to a multitude of circumstances.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians about how to grieve over a physical death… “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13NIV) – Christians grieve death with hope that we will see our loved ones again in heaven, and this hope is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Moreover, I think this same logic, instruction if you will, applies to all of our grief. Are you grieving? Is your soul in anguish? Do you lie awake at night? Does remorse flood your soul? Is there sorrow continue here
It started with a single video, and not a one of us wanted to believe what we were seeing and hearing. Then, one after another, more videos were released and truth hit us squarely right between the eyes.
I’ve never had an abortion, so I can’t speak for the women who have; however, I can speak to Christians who are called to be like Jesus. We must open our hearts, arms, and lives to the men and women who need to be loved, restored, and supported. We must not break their bruised souls. We must not snuff out the smoldering embers of their faith.
Yes, my heart breaks for the continue here
Every time I visit mom I look for dad. I know he isn’t there, but I can’t help it, I look for him everywhere.
I used to find him in his empty chair because no one else sat in it. Other people sit in his chair now; he isn’t there.
I used to find him in his closet. I’d bury my face in his clothes and breathe deeply.
There are still a few things that belong to him, but they no longer smell like him. Or not like I remember him. He’s continue here
When was the last time that God overwhelmed you with his majesty? How have you experienced God at work in your life? Can you recall a time that God moved a mountain for you, or opened a door, or protected you from danger?
Is there a critically important day in your life when God showed up and divided time; a day, or an event, when from that moment on, you referred to things as “before” and “after”?
Perhaps your calendar marks the days of sobriety. Perhaps you’re continue here.
Empty. Exhausted. Frustrated. Burned out. Worn out. Helpless. Hopeless. Joyless. Passionless. Ready to quit. Except you can’t.
You can’t quit your job. Or your marriage. Or your parenting. Or your ministry. You can’t quit, but you can’t continue when you have nothing left to give.
Maybe if you just dig a little deeper you’ll find the drive, the motivation, the passion that you used to have. Surely it’s there; it’s just a little beyond reach. So you dig, but the hole just gets wider, deeper and find more here
There is a hill down the street from where I live that challenges me. The challenge is not so much walking the hill, but trying to figure out how it’s only half a mile down, but it’s at least two miles back up!
Sure, it doesn’t look all that daunting when you first turn onto the hill, there’s barely an incline.
And, once you get past the first curve, it sort of drops off a little, but it doesn’t seem steep or difficult.
And, granted, unless you’ve driven it, or walked it, you don’t know what’s around that curve; it could be something keep walking here
“They want to do another MRI to verify the mass.”
“I’m at the hospital getting tested for uterine cancer… This is like a nightmare… Day from Hell.”
“The police showed up at the front door and asked if they could search the house.”
“I can’t take care of two people with Alzheimer’s. I will take care of my husband at home; we have to move mom into a facility.”
“I feel like my life is one BIG consequence after another!”
“In my dark lapse of judgment I texted inappropriate pictures which he promised to delete.”
“Getting a biopsy done right now on my face, please pray!”
“I know God is sovereign, but right now, I’m not convinced that He loves me.”
“Mom fell on the ice.”
“Can God stop Satan already?”
“I don’t know how much more I can take.”
“We agreed we would give up all the money and comfort in the world to just have our family safe and healthy.”
“He asked to meet me for lunch, and then he told me he was bringing another person… a lawyer.”
“If bad things happen all around us, why can’t they happen to us? Why does He choose to protect some people and not others?”
These are all portions of conversations I’ve been a part of this week. I don’t have the answers. I know continue here