Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21, KJV

Grief

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3, New King James Version)

Recently I experienced the loss of a very close family member. The announcement came very suddenly and very unexpectedly. The initial shock of the news took me out. The pain of no longer being able to see, talk to, or spend time with my loved one was heartbreaking. I could not imagine the future without them. I began to think of all the things I would miss like his voice, hugs, and his very presence. I felt cheated, angry, and in disbelief. The pain was unbearable. I kept thinking, “I didn’t get a chance to say good-bye.” I just was not ready. Emotionally death is never easy.

Your loved one is gone. How do you move on? It is in order to simply grieve. The Word tells us, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4). Jesus wept when he gathered with Lazarus’ sisters after Lazarus died. It.is.ok.to.grieve. We must process our emotions such as denial, anger, and even depression. Everyone goes through these phases in their own way. In this life we will experience sorrow and pain but do not lose hope. Psalms 147:3 states, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Life is so precious and much too short. We have hope in the promises of God. He promised to wipe away every tear from our eyes. One day there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying (Revelation 21:4).

Prayer

Father God, your Word says that you will wipe away my tears. I pray that You wipe away my sorrow. I feel overwhelmed with pain, but Lord let the feeling of your presence outweigh the heaviness. I thank You that you heal the broken-hearted and bind up our wounds. Lord, please bind up the wounds I feel from my grief. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Scripture Mediation

1 Peter 5:6-7
Psalm 34:19
John 16:22

Meditation Song

Even When It Hurts – Hillsong