The Ephemeral Nature of Life
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
When a loved one dies, rarely do we feel the time has been long enough. Compounded by circumstances, each bereavement has its own set of griefs. The sorrow of an unexpected death… the sadness from a gradual loss due to illness… can be heartbreaking and soul-wrenching… even, after many wonderful years shared together. Distressing situations, whereby… through our tears, we’re forced to witness the ephemeral nature of life.
When grief embraces us and no words seem adequate to express our loss and sorrow. A heartache that springs from an abyss of surrealness… a disorienting empty space where even screams are silent. That state of mind, for which Paul addresses in Romans 8:26… in times such as this, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, interpreting what is in our hearts into moans, groans, and utterances that only God can understand.
As Christians, it’s not necessary to act… as if we’re not saddened or hurt by the death of our loved one. It’s normal and beneficial to grieve when we lose the companionship of someone dearest to us. It’s okay to seek refuge from those who do not judge, but rather feel empathy and sympathy with us. Those fellow believers… family and friends, who encourage us and remind us that Jesus loves us.
Recently, I heard a minister say, “…that Jesus wept” (John 11:35). If Jesus shed tears… then surely, we can weep over the loss of someone we love. As we began the short or long journey towards recovery… We know that the journey’s severity will lessen over time. That there will be peace and happiness again in our lives. For tears of sorrow shall be replaced by tears of joy and thankfulness. Remember Matthew 5:4, Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Praise be to God in Jesus’ name… the One who is too wise to make a mistake. For love… is most important, and we must not hold back loving one another… trying to avoiding future grief. For the Bible makes it clear that our grief is temporary, while our joy is forever. We have the hope of a marvelous future… knowing that God is able to keep us and those we love for all eternity.
In the love of God… we acknowledge the ephemeral nature of life… and we seek His comfort… As I Pray.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.