One of the greatest comforts we can hold onto during times of loss is that God never rebukes our tears. Though we may not be able to understand the plan He has for our lives or why we must face heartache and pain, we can trust that He not only sees our tears and keeps a record of them (Psalms 56:8), but that someday He will personally wipe them away (Revelations 7:17, Revelations 21:4).
The tenderness and compassion found in Scripture remind us of our Father's love and sustain us in the many types of grief that we face in life.
When We Lose a Loved One
Jesus wept. John 11:35 KJV
When we lose someone close to our hearts, the only thing we may want is to see and hold them again.
Martha speaks for us all when she sees Jesus after the death of Lazarus. Though she knows that Jesus is the Christ and that Lazarus will rise again in the resurrection, she wishes that Jesus would have been there to heal her brother (John 11:20-27).
In Luke 4:18, Jesus assures us the promises in Isaiah are fulfilled through Him by saying "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering the sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."
Jesus' ministry and His tears provide true hope in our heartache that we will be reunited with our loved ones someday and that He weeps with us as we wait.
When We Lose Our Independence
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV
It is only natural to mourn the loss of independence as age begins to catch up with us or after an illness.
Just like the Apostle Paul's prayers for the thorn in his side to be removed were denied, sometimes our own longings to be freed from our infirmities aren't answered the way we wish.
However, when we feel weak or frustrated, we can trust the God of all comfort to be with us and help us and those around us (through us) because of these troubles (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Loss of Familiar Surroundings
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9 KJV
Though we strive to create a warm, homelike atmosphere here at Bethesda Gardens, we know that moving away from home and familiar surroundings can be difficult.
In times of change, it's important to remember that God is always with us, and that He has wonderful plans for our future (Jeremiah 29:11).
When we hold onto these promises, we can begin to overcome our homesickness, explore our new surroundings and find ways to enjoy the latest step in our life's journey.