It hurts to lose someone we love. It’s strange how something that wasn’t done to us physically can cause such a physical ache. Our hearts tighten, our chests squeeze, our stomachs clinch. Then we wonder how we can make it through another hour, much less another day. But, somehow, we do. We learn that life does continue on, and the shock of our loss does, in fact, become a little easier to bear over time. We may even start to notice we can breathe again without feeling that catch inside.
This isn’t written to explain how grief feels – no doubt you already know from personal experience – but to remind each of us who belong to The Lord that there is hope in Him, and there is comfort.
Christ stated in Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." And in Luke 6:21, "…Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh."
Even though these verses refer to a future, eternal comfort, it is still a great hope while we’re here. We might hurt now, but as unbelievable as it may seem when sorrow strikes, things will get better.
Comforting the sorrowful was and is very important to The Lord, as He said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." Even the Holy Spirit is known as the Comforter – because comfort was something He knew we would need often.
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities," the writer of Hebrews assures in chapter 4 and verse 15, "but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." It goes on to say in Hebrews 5:2, "Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity."
He knows what we’re going through because He’s been there. It says in John 11:35, "Jesus wept," and in Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34, His grief for Jerusalem was clearly noted. The point is, as "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3), Jesus Christ understands our sorrow, for He also felt sorrow.
Not only has He been there Himself, He’s there again and again every time our own hearts break. "…For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5)
He is always there. When you’re down, He can pick you back up; when your heart aches, He can soothe the pain. So to those that mourn: Look to Him, and He will help you through it all.
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (1 Peter 5:6-7)
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