Finding Comfort While Mourning And Experiencing Grief And Loss In These Perilous Times.
One particularly chilly Autumn morning I woke up to the sad news of the untimely death of my cousin. It was around the season there was a mass shooting first in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later in Thousand Oaks, California. This was soon followed by widespread fires across California that destroyed many homes and left thousands of people homeless and many dead.
As I lay in bed while reading the chilling messages that flowed in from various relatives detailing my cousin brother’s death, I felt numb and had just one thought running through my mind. These are the perilous times the Bible was speaking about. The perilous times are here. Jesus please hold onto us and save us because we won’t manage without you. Lord we are living in the perilous times you spoke about please save us.
As I lay still trying to wrap my mind around the events that were happening, I could feel pain course through my heart as I mourned the loss of my cousin. The grief was so overwhelming that getting out of bed that morning was a chore. Somehow I couldn’t comprehend it all.
The world felt cold, dark, confusing, unsafe and very lonely. I felt like I needed a place to hide. So, I just kept murmuring, ‘Jesus please hide me. You are the rock that is higher than me. Please hold me. You are my only comfort right now.’
And Jesus heard. I felt this warmth seep through as I found strength to finally make it out of bed, make the necessary phone calls and pray with the rest of the family as funeral and burial arrangements were made.
My cousin was a young man in his early twenties who had recently got a great job and was starting to enjoy life. The previous day, he had been well. After going to work that day, he retired home. The next day, he didn’t make it to work. So one of his work colleagues went to his house to find out what was happening since he wasn’t responding to his calls. Unfortunately, he found my cousin brother, dead. He had apparently passed away in his sleep. He went suddenly. With no warning. It was very shocking and jarring. Indeed death does come like a thief in the night.
It hurt so bad because there were no farewells. No goodbyes. No see you laters. Life is unpredictable. We are here today and gone tomorrow. We shouldn’t take life for granted and we should learn to value and appreciate each day that Jesus gives us. While we might not know what tomorrow holds, we know who holds tomorrow. Jesus Christ is a sure foundation we can cling to and hold onto in these perilous and dark times. Jesus is a sure source of comfort for our grief and loss in these difficult days. We can trust Jesus however dark the situation might be because he never fails.
I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. 4 The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.Psalms 18:1-6
He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.Psalms 18:16-20
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. 19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. 20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47 It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me; 48 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.Psalms 18:46-49
That Jesus will help us number our days because we don’t know the day or the hour. Our hearts can be stilled at any moment. Tomorrow is not promised anyone. I pray we live our lives for Jesus so that we shall receive the crown of glory at the end. Let’s live for the glory of God. To bring honor to his name. And I pray for all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one today. I pray that Jesus will mend your broken heart. I pray Jesus visits to offer you comfort and strength. I pray he can give you praise for heaviness. That your grief will be turned to gratitude and worship. It’s tough to worship when we are hurting but I pray Jesus gives us the grace to. Jesus please heal our grief. In Jesus’s name I have prayed.
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