As you face this loss, those around you have trouble knowing what to say. We want to offer you words of comfort and condolence, to make this trauma easier for you. We just don’t always know how.
I wish I could tell you that everything will be fine and normal.
The truth is, things will never be the same again.
I wish I could tell you that the hurt will go away.
The truth is, the pain will ease but the scar will not vanish.
I wish I could tell you that I knew why this happened.
The truth is, I don’t but I know Who does.
In this moment, when the pain is raw and new, a fresh wound on your heart, you don’t want platitudes or empty promises. You want, you need the truth. So here it is.
God loves you and He loves your absent loved one. More than anything in the world, He wants your well-being. And the best, most wonderful place anyone can be is with the One who loves best.
In order to get to that perfect place, we have to take a journey through life. The path can be torturous, but we have a guide who will bring us through. He’s made the trip before and He will show us the way.
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” John 14:5-7, KJV
Because of God’s great love for us, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the debt for our sins. Jesus promised that He was making ready that wonderful destination for us to someday inhabit with Him.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3, KJV
As a Christian, your loved one has gone ahead to be with Him. In God’s perfect timing, you will join them there, if you are also saved. We have His word.
There is no sadness you can know that Jesus has not felt, too. There is no sorrow you can feel that He has not experienced as well. You do not travel this lonely road alone; He goes with you.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4, KJV
The joy of reunion will be that much sweeter when you know that you will be together with your loved ones in His presence for all eternity. Take comfort in the knowledge that the best is yet ahead. While you may experience dark days now, the sunshine of God’s love still shines and the brightness of His goodness awaits you.
No, I can’t tell you that everything will be fine and normal, or that the hurt will go away. I can’t explain why this happened.
But I can tell you that God knows and He is with you. His love never fails and no one can interrupt it.
“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:34b-35, KJV
We are His. Whether we are here on earth, or in His presence in glory, we are His forever.
The pain is for a little while. The joy is eternal. What a promise! What a loving God! What an amazing Savior! Take heart, and hold on for the day of reunion. Keep your eyes on Jesus and your heart hopeful. I pray that you will allow the comfort of His love to help you through this difficult time.
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