Some posts touch you more closely than others. At some point this month, I’d hoped to do a day of prayer for people who have lost a loved one; but this has hit so close to home recently:
- A colleague where I work unexpectedly passed away last Monday.
- My college roommate’s darling father went to be with the Lord just Saturday.
- A couple of months ago, a good friend lost her baby in a miscarriage.
Slightly more removed, but still tender:
- In the past 2 years I’ve said goodbye to my mother-in-law, my grandmother, and a brother-in-law.
- This year is also the 20th anniversary of my own father’s passing.
Grief. It hits each one of us differently; yet we’re bonded by shared loss. Kelly Youngblood shared a very thoughtful post on Sunday about loss and tragedy that does such a good job of probing through the pain we go through.
To the God of all comfort:
Goodbyes are so hard, especially when they are the forever kind. We don’t see time the same way you do – it drags on so slowly for those of us left behind. Sorrow pierces through even the brightest of days and a laugh suddenly, unexpectedly, ends in a sob.
God, help us to turn to you in these sorrowful days. Give us the comfort of the Holy Spirit, reminding us of your continued presence while our hearts feel so achingly the absence of the one who is gone. Help us to remember the good days, to celebrate the life that you gave them while on this earth. Remind us to make the most of our time, as we are not promised tomorrow.
Thank you for the knowledge that, among Christians, death is not an ending. It is not a final goodbye. We shall, one day, be united with those who have gone before us. And in the meantime, while we suffer and work here on earth, that loved one is already worshiping You face-to-face! Thank you for the comfort in that.
And as we have received comfort from you, let us look for people around us who are likewise hurting, and offer them the comfort that can only come from you.
In the name of Jesus, who has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows,