Have you lost a friend or loved one? Do you feel like your life has ended because of their death?
Finding God in grief is challenging. However, there is an ebb and flow to life. We are only here for a season, and during that time, we will be faced with Christian grief.
How do you let God into your grief? How do you move through to the other side? These are things that we need to learn about Biblical grief.
Moving Through Christian Grief
It takes time to move through grief. During this time, you’ll find yourself growing discouraged as you wonder when things will get easier. These feelings may cause you to believe that you’re never going to make it through to the other side. However, life will get easier. You’ll move through Biblical grief and find a new “normal.”
As we work on finding God in grief, we must remember that He’s empathetic. He not only feels our pain, but He grieves with us. That’s why in John 11:35, we read, “Jesus wept.” This verse reminds us that as we walk through Biblical grief, Jesus has also experienced pain while on this Earth. It’s up to us to remain faithful, though.
Helping Loved Ones Move Through Christian Grief
As we deal with Christian grief, we must remember that life is short, so we need to be there for those we love. Being there doesn’t mean that we’ll always know what to say. We may even be afraid that we’ll say the wrong thing. These feelings are why there are some things you should remember when you’re called to help your loved one who’s finding God in grief.
Be There for Them
Take some time to call your loved one on the phone or send them a text. Make it a priority to be at the funeral or memorial service.
Remember Them Now and in the Long-Term
Grieving takes months, but people frequently forget this. When this happens, the person who’s grieving finds themselves alone in their grief. This time is when it matters the most. Make sure you ask them how they’re doing.
Validate Their Feelings
The old cliches, “they’re in a better place” or “be happy about all the good times you spent with them,” aren’t helpful. Your loved one needs to hear that it’s okay for them to grieve.
Finding God in Grief
When experiencing Biblical grief, it’s important to remember that your sadness doesn’t mean failure. Take your time and look forward to the hope you’ll find in the days ahead of you. The dark moments won’t last forever, but your faith will.