I recently heard a story about a man who lost his family in a flash flood. All his children were killed, and his wife as well. He was the only one to survive. With everything taken from him at once, he said he was surprised by the grace he received. He said that without that grace, he would not have found the will to live.
I’ve never experienced loss like that. It must be devastating. I pray for protection over my family every day, because I don’t want to ever go through anything like that. I’m not sure how I would respond if that happened to me. Would I still believe that there’s a God? Yes, I would, because I truly believe that God is good. Maybe initially I would be angry at God, punching my fist at Him, asking Him, “Why?”
But I would be a mess. I would be in so much pain. That’s why I think my anger would give way to a prayer in which I would say, “God, I’m going to need a ton of mercy and grace right now, because this hurts me to my soul. My loved ones were parts of me that are no longer there. My faith is being tested in who you are. My faith is being tested that you know what you’re doing when these things happen. I need you to gracefully get me through this.”
There is a time to mourn. There’s a time to weep, and there’s a time to cry. The mourning process is not a selfish thing. It’s scriptural. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” I think God cries with us when we grieve.
If you’re experiencing the pain of loss, I would encourage you to ask for mercy and grace, and to sit with the King and mourn, and know that it’s okay.
I say this with some boldness, since I’ve never experienced it. I know people have gotten through devastating loss, so surely mourning is okay. It’s okay to ask for grace and mercy just to meet with God every day. I believe Jesus will sit with you, and hug on you.
I don’t know if Jesus sits with everybody all the time. But I believe that when you mourn, you’ll feel the Spirit of God sitting with you, and giving you a hug, and letting you cry, and weep, and hide your head in His embrace.
There’s fulfillment in that. Ask for the mercy and grace you need to get through the pain of loss. Ask for the grace you need to keep going. It is there for you.
See you Saturday.