Faithful Creator

Yesterday our church and many, many people in our community experienced the devastating news of hearing a wonderful lady in our church had died. As I contemplated this travesty, I was quickly reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

 Grief is one of those things that makes everybody uncomfortable. It begins with the stunned awakening that someone you love is gone. Over time, no one is exempt from this pain. If you haven’t experienced this intensely deep heartache yet, you will. And even more common is the way loss seeps slowly into the corners of our lives through interaction with friends who are grieving. We often want to rush our friends through grief. We want them to feel better, and we are uncomfortable with their sadness. Our proclivity to fix the situation leads us to say: “Here’s a good book.” “Are you getting enough exercise?” “Why don’t you join the choir?” We don’t want to bring up the subject of the loved one. We don’t want them to bear the grief. And we don’t want to bear it either because grief exposes our false security and reminds us that we are not in control of our lives. The good news is that Christian grief not only tells the truth about death, it tells the truth about hope.  1Peter 4:9 says, “So those who suffer according to God’s will should, in doing good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.”

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