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Coping with Loss

Coping with Loss




As I was sitting reading my morning Facebook posts this morning, I came upon a friend who is suffering greatly at the loss of a loved one and an extremely sick elderly grandmother.  I have walked through this families suffering and seen how hard it is to find closure to a situation which you do not have answers to give.  When we do not know or understand how or when or why a loved one has died, we can be left with a huge hole inside of us.

And that is exactly what has happened to this amazing family.  While still in the stages of grief and suffering, they are now confronted with another possible loss.  So how do you cope with all of this and remain a positive person filled with faith and love and comfort to others?  Well, this is a question many have asked and possibly are still asking.

The loss of a loved one can lead many people into fear, doubt and anger.  And this is a very normal response, so you don’t have to feel bad for this.  A situation of not knowing how or why a person’s life has ended puts Christianity to the ultimate test.  But, don’t imagine that you are the only one who has had these moments of spiritual blindness.  Even the saints had their dark days.  But they found God again and you can too.

As we look for the answers to our questions, there are several things we can do to help us along.

  1. Each morning kneel and thank God for all the joy He has brought through the years. Surrender your day to Him. Ask Christ to guide and direct you. Then all through the day think of Him as walking by your side.
  2. Read your Bible. There you will find words of wisdom and comfort, as “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (I Corinthians 13:12).
  3. Seek opportunities to help those in need. There is someone who needs your love and care. Ask God to show you who it is.
  4. Hold fast to your belief in Eternal Life. Death is not the end, but the doorway into Heaven.

This is a difficult hour for you. Remember that Jesus did not promise that His followers would escape suffering and heartache. No, He promised instead that they would have peace in the midst of pain, and be given a divine strength to support them in hours of weakness. The Bible says: “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4).

So, spend your days enjoying your friends and family and the company of those around you, spread the gospel of Christ to others and stand firm in your faith of eternity through Jesus.  As we sit and look at the hours and days flying by, look at what is important and stay focused.  Knowing our loved ones are waiting for us in heaven is a wonderful thing to look forward to, but when we are not sure if a loved one is saved our hearts ache.  So pour out to others how much you love them and want to spend forever with them.  And remember that even our God suffered and mourned as he watched his only Son being beaten, bruised and murdered.  But God loves us so very much that he sent Jesus to be the final offering for all of our sin.  Halleluiah, thank you Lord.

                                                Blessings:  Heather Joyner

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