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Grief & Sorrow

We’ve all felt it. That feeling that rises up from the pit of our stomach and nearly takes our breath away... grief and sorrow. Both unpleasant feelings that arise from an unwanted life event.

Our experiences vary, as does the level of our sorrow. Maybe it’s caused by the loss of a loved one. Maybe the cause is the loss of a job, or an unfaithful spouse. It could be the pain of seeing someone you love caught up in the grip of addiction. And the list could just go on and on.

So, what now? How do we cope with an unwanted situation that feels so out of our control? Does God know how badly we feel? Did Jesus ever experience these feelings?

The gospels portray the sorrow of Jesus in a variety of contexts. Mark tells us that in the face of the deaf man who came for healing, Jesus was deeply moved as he sighed and looked up to heaven. He shed tears over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) And, over the grave of his friend, Lazarus. (John 11:35)

These scriptures bear witness to his perfect human reactions to the fallenness of the world around Him. So, it’s okay to have these feelings. It’s okay to cry. It’s perfectly natural. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes that there’s a time to cry and a time to laugh.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those

whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes...

We have the knowledge that the trials and tribulations of this world are not the end. Sin doesn’t win the final victory and we can have hope even when things around us feel very dark. Our hope is in Jesus, the One who died for us.

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But, take heart

because I have overcome the world.”

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