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Handling Grief

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Loss is tough. Any major loss creates a strong emotion called grief. Grief is real, and it’s normal. It’s part of the process of dealing with, and eventually healing from the losses in your life.

The Bible refers to grief in several places and in several ways. It’s described as being “cast down, broken-hearted and crushed in spirit.” God’s Word gives us hope to hold on to in times of grief. Look at the following verse in Psalm 34:18 (NIV) “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

What a promise! In our moments of loss, we have a God who doesn’t desert us. He comes close to heal and deliver us. He shows up to help us overcome the pain of our losses.

It’s helpful to understand how to handle grief and heal from it. How does this happen? It starts by honestly expressing our grief to God. Don’t deny your grief, express it to God. He’ll listen and draw near to you.

God comes near to us in our grief through the comforting presence of His Holy Spirit. In our pain, we sense Him gently wrapping His arms around us, assuring us of His love. He also comes to us in our grief through the comforting presence of supportive family and friends. He brings people into your life that can help you walk through the dark valley of grief into light and hope again.

When the waves of sorrow break on your soul, call on the One who can comfort you and turn to the people He has placed around you. He’s the Healer of the broken-hearted!

Pastor Dale