We Grieve with Hope: GriefShare Begins this Week
The holidays are full of fun, laughter, and nostalgic joy for many. But for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the holidays bring on a unique pain. How are we to celebrate a joyous occasion without that special person? How can we put on a brave and festive face when all we feel is grief?
In the Scriptures, we are often reminded that Christ-followers have a unique hope: eternity with Jesus. We feel the sting of death at every funeral and with every look at our dearly departed in a photo album. However, we know that death is not the end for believers, because Christ has conquered death and hell by the cross and the empty tomb.
Some foolishly believe that Christians do not grieve because of this hope. Wrong. We do grieve. But we "do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope." We grieve with hope. Hope that Jesus rules and reigns even now over all creation. Hope that, if our loved ones believed in Him, they are having a better day than us right now. Hope that, even if everything goes badly from now on, we will enjoy eternity in glory with our Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father.
How do we gain this sort of hope?
First, we choose to believe the Scriptures are true and to rest in the goodness of our God.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, we are instructed about sharing in suffering.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
This is the benefit of GriefShare. Those who have learned to suffer well walking alongside those who are learning to suffer well. God gives grace to both. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, indeed.
If you are grieving, please consider joining a GriefShare group soon.