And, God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. REVELATION 21:4
GRIEF - MOURNING
I have seen measureless shares of death in my lifetime, both in my work and in the many days that I volunteered with two ambulance corps! Vehicular accidents, random brutality, bloodshed, suicides, drownings, most anything between fainting to one's actual death.
In September of 2018 God called my younger brother Joe, to his heavenly home and suddenly I as Believer in Christ Jesus, couldn't make any sense of his death. My heart ached
so much more for Joe, than every other person I had
For that reason alone, I went to my God for answers! I needed to understand the uproar in my spirit and the anguish in my heartache.
AND THEN, I PRAYED:
I said, "God I hurt." And God Said, "I know."
I said, "God I cry an awful lot." And God said, "My Child, that is why I gave you tears and that is why I keep them! I know
how precious they truly are to you and to me!"
I said, "God there are so many days that I am depressed!" And God said, "That is why I give you SUNSHINE including my very own SON-SHINE!"
I began crying and I said, "God life is so hard at times like these." And God said, "That is why I gave you loved ones and friends!"
I said, "God my loved one, my brother Joe died!" And God said, "I know, SO DID MY LOVED ONE!"
I said, "God it is such a big loss and an even greater ache in my heart that I have ever known!" And God said, "I understand. I saw mine beaten and nailed to a cross!"
I said, "God but your loved one lives and is with you!" And God said, "So does yours!!"
I said, "God where exactly are my loved ones, where is Joe?" And God said, "My Son is at My right hand and your loved ones including Joe, are shining brightly at my left hand."
I said, God this really hurts, my heart still aches and my tears still run down my face!" And God said, "I know my child and one day you will be reunited with your loved ones, including Joe!"
I had nothing more to say, when God said, "My child, I Love You, I am with you and I will never forsake you! Just hold on
a little while more because one day MY SON IS COMING BACK FOR ALL MY LOVED ONES, FOR ALL MY CHILDREN WHO BELIEVE
AND ARE LOOKING FOR HIS RETURN!"
I humbly and submissively said, "Thank You God for
reminding me, thank you for giving your son Jesus Christ who died for my sins and Thank You God, for who YOU TRULY ARE!
I love you dearly!"
A PROMISE TO ALL BELIEVERS
If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, hold fast to this writing from Paul as a promise from God:
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:8