'When they walk through the Valley of Weeping.' Psalm 84:6 NLT
If we were raised in a culture where any show of emotion was considered a sign of weakness, we must learn that grieving our losses is a healthy process - and a scriptural one. The Bible says, 'When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs...They will continue to grow stronger' (Psalm 84:6-7 NLT). Note, when our strength comes from the Lord, we can walk through 'the Valley of Weeping' and come out stronger. The length of time each of us spends in that valley may differ, but eventually we don't move on, but we move forward.
We are, understandably, shocked by the death of a loved one, but God is not. David said, 'You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment...laid out before a single day had passed' (Psalm 139:16 NLT). And try as we will, there's nothing we can do to change that. The truth is, we don't need to grieve 'as...those who have no hope' (1 Thessalonians 4:13 GNT). One day we'll be reunited with our redeemed loved one in the presence of the Lord, never to be separated again. The farewell is just 'till we meet again'.
In the meantime, if we need help we don't have to be ashamed to reach for it. Remember: 'A brother is born for adversity' (Proverbs 17:17 NKJV). We can ask God to lead us to a person, a counsellor or a support group that can help us identify any unfinished business that's keeping us from moving forward in the grief cycle. Let's cherish our loved one's memory, but move forward and fulfil our divine destiny and purpose.
Soulfood: Jer 49-50, Luke 7:1-10, Ps 118:1-9, Pro 15:27-30