Grief, God and You

God continues to amaze me even though I’ve been His for over 30 years now. He provides for every season in life, and grief is one of those seasons.

Pastor G and I are mourning the loss of our precious dog Steve, who was part of our family for about 15 years. He kept having strokes and became increasingly incapacitated to the point he was almost paralyzed. His quality of life kept deteriorating. We made one of the toughest decisions we’ve ever had to make, but it was best for Steve that we did so. God gave me comfort through Pastor G, who said Steve is now free.

You can be sure we turned to God for comfort, direction and guidance. We found some scriptures our God placed in His handbook for living, the Bible. We will share them with you here.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

New King James Version (NKJV)
Everything Has Its Time

3 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

Life is filled with experiences, and there is a balance for those experiences. God knows we will have times of happiness and rejoicing, and He knows we will have times of sadness and mourning. He wants us to experience each part of life knowing that it’s changing, fluid. Joy does not last forever, and neither does sadness. Both are very much part of life.

Paul gave further insight and instruction when he said:
Romans 12:15
New International Version (NIV)

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

God wants us to be compassionate, to be there with those who are hurting. Of course, He wants us to be truly happy with those who have reason to be happy as well. The point is, that we need to transcend our lives and personal reality to be there for others in their joy or their pain.

Jesus taught the following. It might seem a little odd, but we need to understand what He is teaching here. I know, I know, you might be wondering how can anyone be actually blessed when he or she is grieving a loss? The scripture goes on to say “for they will be comforted”. Most of the time, we don’t comfort ourselves. The comfort comes from external sources. Perhaps a friend. Perhaps a relative. Definitely from God.

Matthew 5:4
New International Version (NIV)

4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

Finally, this is a time we can all look forward to where we won’t have to deal with pain and loss of any kind. This scripture in Revelation gives great hope. God’s word is truth, and He is faithful to His word.

Revelation 21:4
New International Version (NIV)

4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

May these words comfort and encourage any of you who are grieving a loss at this time.

copyright 2013, Pastors George and Sharon Billington, All Rights Reserved

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