MOURN…IT’S ONLY FITTING.
(13) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope…. (16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13, 16-18 (*emphasis added)
Jesus’ heart knew emotional pain. As our Emmanuel, “God with us,” He experienced first hand what heart pain felt like. The prophet Isaiah tells us that he was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. When He told us to mourn with those who mourn, He knew we needed help to get through it. Loss hurts badly and it feels like a pain that will never go away. Be assured, beloved, you will get to the other side of this. The Lord will uphold you.
Will you allow the comforter, the Holy Spirit, to bring comfort to you in this time of sadness and loss? Will you take a moment now and breathe in His peace?
When someone outside of Christ loses someone, the devastation of the loss can be unrelenting. Without a relationship with Jesus Christ, a heavy despair can descend upon them causing a sorrow without solace. The Bible points to our glorious distinction. We have hope and a promise – we do! As the scripture above reminds us “that we should sorrow not as those which have no hope” concerning those who have passed on or “sleep” in the Lord.
Yes. You should mourn. It is only fitting. Do acknowledge the emotional pain of what has happened but don’t stay there. Jesus does not want sorrow’s overwhelming heaviness to overtake you. He took our sorrows and grief on the cross so we wouldn’t have to. So, beloved, remember you have a hope and a promise and it will not fail.
God, I seek your face today. I stand on your promise that I will be reunited with my loved one, but I still feel the pain of loss. Please be with me in this time to comfort me. When the pain in my heart overwhelms my faith in your promise, please let me feel your arms around me.
In Jesus name I pray