Life Reflections – 01.01.12 – By Sarah Martin

Grieve God’s Way

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those that have fallen asleep in Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14

I have recently been faced with how to handle the loss of a loved one. This is something that we all have or will face in our lifetime. Grief, pain, and loss unfortunately do not take holidays. Whether it was a dear sweet soul that lived a long life and was ready to be welcomed into the arms of our magnificent and glorious Savior, or a young man with a family that was not prepared to leave this earth and enter into eternity…either way we are posed with a question: How do we handle the grief and pain of loss that we feel?  There are many options, we can simply shut down and shut the world out, we can cry until our bodies can no longer produce tears, or we can rejoice that our loved one is in the arms of our Creator; the possibilities are endless. We seek comfort for the pain; but where? We can turn to the world and all that it offers. We can read numerous self help books on grief. We can turn to substance abuse. We can turn inward and suffer alone. These options only offer comfort in the moment not something that is lasting and life changing. When you turn to Christ for your comfort He will perfect you in your weakness! 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “… My Grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”  We are weak and frail humans.  And we falter because we fail to understand that turning to the comforts of the world will not give us what we need to carry on. Only turning to the Lord will provide the perfect comfort that we seek.   God can perfect us in our weakness we need only turn to Him and allow Him to do all the work. We must allow Him to move beautifully and perfectly through our lives so that we can be a new creation. Perfect, not because we are perfect, but because we are weak and Christ is perfected in us through our weakness.

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