Losing a Loved One
You’re devastated. Maybe angry. And trying to make sense of it all. Why did this have to happen? Why now? What will life be like without the person you lost?
It would be great if there was an easy explanation that would cover all situations and answer all questions. Unfortunately, we don’t always understand why things happen to us that seem so senseless or evil. The Bible talks about “the mystery of iniquity” (2 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV), suggesting there is a mystery to some of the things we experience, even the loss of a loved one.
At the same time, we need to remember we live in a world that has been tainted and twisted by sin. The world was not like this when God created it. Instead, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). But then sin entered the world when the human race turned its back on God and decided to go its own way.
Even after all the time that has passed, we still struggle to understand the terrible consequences of our rebellion. We don’t see how sin brought heartache and death as a result.
The loss of a child, parent or friend is very painful. God allows us to have a grieving process so we can cope with the pain. He knows your anguish, grief and anger.
You hurt deeply, but be assured that God knows exactly how you feel. How do we know this? We know it because God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, also died. He suffered and died on a cross so you could be at peace with God. He understands your heartache and wants to surround you with His love if you will let Him.
For those who trust in Jesus, the sadness of losing a loved one is only temporary. Not only did He make a way for us to experience indescribable joy in heaven, but He promises to help us through our grief on earth. In Matthew 5:4, He says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Would you like to experience the real, lasting hope found in Christ?
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.
Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!
Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."
Did you pray this prayer?