God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

God Knows Our Pain and He Says It’s Okay to Cry

by Barbara Latta

My mom, Johnnie Watson and
her great granddaughter, Keira. 
Death was never God’s intention. Mankind was designed to live forever but sin intervened and thwarted God’s plan. But because of God’s foreknowledge, He built in a way to save man from himself.

Death is a transition from a life held bound by the physical to a glorified, spiritual body that can do anything. We rejoice knowing our loved one is no longer held by the chains of this earthly life. But we still need to cope with the void left behind by their absence. It’s a ripping away of the soul because we have ties with those we love. It hurts. We know they are happy, but we grieve for ourselves because it’s painful to be without them. They are gone, but death leaves a shadow.

Last week my mom passed from this earthly life to her heavenly home. She felt the embrace of Jesus as she entered the gates of heaven and was reunited with my dad and other loved ones who have gone before her.

While I allow myself to grieve, I will not wallow in mourning. I allow myself the memories, but not the despair of regret.

Remembering the joy that is before the loved one who has departed from this earth will bring us comfort if we will dwell on that fact instead of our loss. The separation is only temporary.

Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. He knew the pain of Mary and Martha and God knows our pain, too. He says it’s okay to cry, and thankfully, one day He will wipe away our tears.

Feel free to share your thoughts about grief.

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