Love is powerful. No wonder loss hurts so much.
Created in the image of God, we're wired for connection. We seek to love and be loved. Fundamentally, life is about relationships.
When someone we care about dies or leaves, our hearts are shaken. What happened? Where did they go? They were just here. How can this be?
Strong emotions surface from deep within us. Shock. Sadness. Anger. Fear. Anxiety. Confusion. Depression. We’re stunned by the stark realization that anything can happen to anyone at any time. The question isn’t if we’re going to get hit with loss, but what, who, how, and when.
How we grieve greatly impacts how we live. Strange as it may sound, we must get good at grieving. Grieving in spiritually healthy ways is one powerful means of expressing love for God, ourselves, and others.
Solomon wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Prov. 4:23). It's a tough world, full of potential and real spiritual dangers. Our hearts are resilient, but fragile. We guard our hearts so that we can live with faith and courage amid all the pain, suffering, and loss that surrounds us. We can not only survive, but heal, recover, grow, and use our grief to make a massive difference in this hurting and broken world.
Jesus tells us, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). What does it mean to “take heart” while enduring a painful loss?
If we going to navigate the grief journey well, there are ten essential spiritual truths we must remember.