Handling Grief
October 4, 2022

Thought For Today: “Handling Grief”

Grief is one of those stressors we cannot control or prevent. We grieve not only due to our own actions, but also the actions of others.

If there is anyone who understood this, it was King David. He understood how much it damages our soul.

“Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body.” (Psalm 31:9)

When grief overwhelms, we shouldn’t throw a pity party, play the “what if” game, or withdraw and isolate ourselves. Instead, we should employ these three things.

  • First, accept what can’t be changed. Now I don’t want to be hard or unfeeling, but our grief isn’t going to change what has happened, what it does change, however, is how we respond.
  • Second, take our grief to God. We aren’t to exaggerate it, but rather give it to God because while pain is an inevitable part of grief, being miserable is optional.
  • Finally, focus on what’s left. We need to focus on what we have and not what we’ve lost, because the best is still before us, not behind us.

To relieve our grief the Lord has given to us His Son, Jesus Christ, of whom the prophet Isaiah said that He would console those who mourn, give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. (Isaiah 61:3)

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