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Grief Is A Love Word

"And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart."

Genesis 6:6

Memorial weekend is a difficult time for many around the world who have lost a loved one as each year the families must relive their loss. Regardless of the tributes, the pain remains. One day of recognition can't fill the void of the remaining 364 days. On Memorial Day as a nation we choose to grieve together so no one has to grieve alone. Yet, its good to know that God grieves with us each and every time we do.

Notice in Genesis 6:6, God Himself "grieved." Are you aware that grief is a love word? You can be "angry" or "disappointed" with someone or some thing without loving. But you only grieve when love gets frustrated. Frustrated? Yes, loved one, when we have a hope or dream, a desire that goes unrealized we experience some level, a measure of frustration along with our grief.

Life is a paradox in many ways. Regardless of what some might think or say, life includes many regrets along the way. It has to since we are finite beings with a limited amount of time at our disposal. We can't turn back the hands of time. There always will be things left unsaid and undone in this life leaving us to wish for just one more day, and why living with an eternal perspective is the only way to navigate the stormy seas we all must face. Thank God that one day He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, as all the painful experiences of this life will be gone with a single touch of our Saviors hand.

Death is a part of this life and though it is our final enemy I rejoice that it has been defeated. Knowing Jesus conquered death on Calvary's Cross allows those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones to do so with hope. Unlike the world around us without Christ, we who are in Christ have the hope that we will see our loved ones again one day, just not today, and that is why grief is a love frustrated. I so get that.

There is no need to get over the loss of a loved one as God uses life and loss to shape us into who we are and who we become. Our lives are nothing more than the sum total of all our parts, and every person we encounter, every circumstance of life is an ingredient that God uses for His glory and our good. Sweet or bitter, hard or easy, good or bad, life and death, "all things work together for good to them that love God and who are called according to His purposes."

If we understood everything that happens to us in this life or could figure it all out we would either be God or have no need for Him and that is why we are left to trust His sovereign will when life hurts. Don't forget, answers to our why questions are nothing more than substitutions for trust. Everything that happens to us must first pass through the filter of God's love.

The good news today is we are never alone in our hurt and pain as suffering and sorrow are well known to our Lord. No one has suffered like God Himself and still God draws near to the broken hearted and comforts us in our afflictions so that we know He is near. Don't let your pain push you away from God, loved one, allow it to draw you near to God knowing He is there for you and promises that He will be there with you every step of the way. His promise is the promise of a lifetime.

When you see people in pain and overcome by sorrow don't pull away, draw near and allow God to use you remembering the words of the apostle Paul who said in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

Galatians 6:2


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