Grief is tough, but God makes a way, #3

Jesus wept.  If He wept, so can you as long and as hard and as often as you need to.  Why did He weep? That’s a great question.  Scripture doesn’t say.  Could it be because He saw how hurt, upset and grieving His friends were and that, even though He was but a short distance away, He had to delay His coming because of the Father’s will and plan?  Could it be He wept knowing how close His personal sacrifice for us all loomed and what happened to Lazarus would happen to Him in a more painful and tortured manner?

The point is, Jesus wept.  By His weeping, He shows us it’s okay to express on the outside what you’re feeling on the inside.  Jesus knows what it’s like to experience grief and loss, and He promised us all that He will never leave or forsake us.  He is ready to comfort you and encourage you and help you in ways that are good for you.  Trust Him to be here for you in ways that others can’t.  He loves you and knows your needs.

Scripture:  John 11:32-35

Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died”.  Therefore when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the Spirit and was troubled.  And He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to Him, “Lord, come and see”.  Jesus wept.

Let’s Pray

Father God, I so long to be free of these wild mood swings grief brings to me every day, sometimes many times a day.  I long to be free from the awful ache and empty space in my heart where my loved one’s relationship with me used to be.  Grant me recovery according to Your plan and purpose for my life, and please grant me patience as I wait for Your timing for my emotional recovery from this crushing blow.  Please send me the help and support I need and equip me with what I need to do my part in breaking free from this season of grieving.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Things to Think, Pray and Journal About

1.  Like Mary did, can you express your anger and disappointment to Jesus that He let your loved one die?

2.  Did you know it’s not a sin to be angry at God?

3.  Did you know that choosing to remain angry at God can hurt your relationship with Him?  How can forgiveness help?

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