How can it be? How shall I live without my loved one?
When shattered dreams cause us to question the purpose behind the pain.
When love is silent and we wonder—“How long, how long, Oh Lord?”
When we’ve finally given it all up—surrendered our questions, doubts, and pain of unbelief—we cry out to the One who knows all, sees all and cares far beyond our ability to comprehend — and faith once again takes wings.
Somehow right there in the midst of our journey, when our heart finally is quiet … like a child weaned from the breast; we recognize our sympathizing Savior’s presence.
The unseen One who never leaves our side, opens our heart and gives eyes to see and ears to hear the comfort, peace, and strength of His eternal promises.
When death knocks at the door of your heart, taking away your loved one.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying (John 11:25 NLT).
Your loved ones are not dead. They are fully alive in the presence of the Lord, seated at the table of the Lord where a special place awaits all those who put their trust in Jesus, the Lamb of God, Savior, Redeemer, and Restorer of mankind.
You will see your loved ones again.
When shattered dreams and broken hearts question God, and faith and hope threaten to let go of the Hand that loves and leads; the redeemed of the Lord dare to look beyond the present trouble and see the eternal purposes God has in store for those who believe and trust in Him.
Even in times of unbelief, our sympathizing savior comes to us—walks with us through the valley of loss and grief—and brings us back to Himself.
The author and finisher of faith speaks to hearts now as he once did to unbelieving Thomas.
“Put your hand in my side that was pierced for you. Touch my nail-scarred hand and believe.”
“Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (John 20:27 NLT).
We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life (1 John 1: 1 NLT).
Father God, we bow before you this morning, knowing you are the author and finisher of our faith. The One who was and is and is to come. We pray for comfort, peace, and strength for those who face loss today. May they lean upon your eternal promises and rest between your shoulders. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.
I wrote this post this morning, thinking of the loss of another family member. My heart and prayers go out to Uncle Tommy, my cousins Brian and Kim, and all other family members who dearly loved Randy.