Comfort for the grieving

Like so many others I find myself in a place of grieving, which means ‘intense sorrow’. There are many reasons for feeling this and for some it will be the loss of things that they had planned and cannot do like our friends who planned a wedding, or those grandparents out there who are missing out seeing their grandchildren grow up (like I am) or even those that are living alone and not seeing or having hugs and are so desperately craving physical touch.

Or, like myself and my family who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. For us it is a mother-in law to me, my husband’s mum and my kids much loved grandma, who passed away a couple of weeks ago. In many ways we have felt connected to others through this loss as we seem to know so many people who have lost a loved one for one reason or another.

But, at the same time it can be a lonely experience as it is so unique to each and every family and circumstance. Our church family have been amazing and so many have reached out to check in on us and we have so appreciated that. Also, we have felt lifted by prayers and messages of comfort and encouragement. Sadly, because of the season we are in with a pandemic there is only so much others can do to help because of all the restrictions, so we find ourselves in the midst of organising a Covid secure funeral and emptying out a home full of memories.

Those who are grieving desperately need to feel hope again and this was in my thoughts as I painted. The sun in my painting represents hope, and that however dark the day the sun will break through at some point. When it does, we know that once again light has triumphed over darkness. This can sometimes be instantaneous and sometimes it’s more gradual, but whatever form it takes the sun always breaks through in the end. The sun signifies an end to the darkness and a new day dawning!

Psa 30:5 Passion translation We may weep through the night,
but at daybreak it will turn into shouts of ecstatic joy.

In our sufferings God is at work and the promise of scripture is that He is close to the broken hearted, and the result will be perseverance, strengthening in our character and the opportunity to be comforted by Him. These seasons, although painful, give a wonderful opportunity to experience God in different ways and He is the ultimate comforter and we are very much leaning in and grateful for His huge comforting arms around us right now, which is even more profound as we can’t lean into the arms of those around us because of Covid restrictions.

Ps 34:18 The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Prayer points:

  • Take some time to look for the light, however dark your situation is at the moment and ask God what aspect of your character He is developing.
  • Meditate on the following promise in scripture: 2 Cor 1:3-11.
  • Have a listen to this song if you are feeling overwhelmed right now: ‘Quiet my Soul’ by Serena Dalton

2 Cor 1:3-11

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 receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

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