Grieving With Hope
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Today’s Special is: Healing for Your Broken Heart
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Teske Drake
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 NIV
To grieve much means you have loved much. Such consolation may seem cliché for the one who is healing from a broken heart. Grief comes in many forms, yet love is always at the root.
For me, grief came like a tidal wave in the sudden death of my step-brother, killed by a drunk driver.
Grief has hurled its waves and repeatedly taken me into the deep as I mourn three babies in heaven; Chloe, who lived a mere 45 minutes, Jesse, miscarried at 6 weeks along, and sweet Riyah Mae, miscarried at 14 weeks. It’s not always death that brings grief. The sad ending to a treasured friendship has been incredibly painful. So, too, has been the reality of a marriage unequally yoked. These scenarios described above have brought grief, but only because true love was, and is, at the heart.
I imagine you can relate. I hope, also, that you can relate to my encouragement from God’s Word, when I read Lamentations 3:32, which says, “Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love” (NIV). His compassionate, unfailing love brings healing to hearts rocked by grief, whatever the cause. What’s more, we can grieve with hope by pressing in to the giver of all reason to Hope. Jesus, who is our hope, heals broken hearts and mends us in our mourning. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 says,
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him (NIV).
We can grieve with hope because Jesus died and rose again! He overcame the sin of the world and He overcame the grave. There is healing for our broken hearts, when we trust the Lord to do the mending.
Take inventory of your grief. What personal losses have you endured, or are you going through now? Where do you need to apply the Truth of these words and the Hope of a Savior? Spend some time reflecting. Journal about those experiences now and ask God to be your comfort, your refuge, and your true source of eternal hope.
Father in Heaven, healer of broken hearts, I come to You today in the pain of my grief and I need You. Help me to press in close to You during this time, and to know and trust in Your Son, Jesus. May His death, burial and resurrection from the grave give me hope for now and for all eternity as I trust in Him. Amen.
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you or someone you know has endured miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss, please check out Teske’s book, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow: Finding Light Beyond the Shadow of Miscarriage or Infant Loss.
For more encouragement, visit Teske at Mommies With Hope where she leads women to live in hope.
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