The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)
Are you experiencing a loss in your life right now? Who or what have you lost? As much as we would like to retrieve what has been lost, unfortunately it is not the kind of loss that can be reclaimed by visiting a lost and found bin. The loss has probably left you with substantial grief. Perhaps you even feel that without that person or thing you don’t know how you will be able to go on with life.
You would probably agree that grieving a loss is one of the hardest things that human beings go through in this life. As we know, grief is not solely earmarked for those who experience a death of a loved one. People grieve in the face of a divorce, a job loss, a home foreclosure, a family member who has surrendered his or her life to drugs or alcohol, a loss of wealth due to a bad financial investment and the list goes on and on.
The purpose of grief is multifaceted. Among those, it typically affords us the opportunity to slow down and think through what that person or thing genuinely meant to us. Nevertheless, just as there is a time to grieve there is also a time to rise up and carry on with God’s purpose and plan for our existence. Just as Christ resurrects those who have died a physical death, He also wants to resurrect and restore an abundant life to those who experience loss on this earth.
Lord, I thank You for giving me the breath of life. Help me to not allow my spirit to die as I experience loss on this earth. Since You live inside of me, I trust that You will be the backbone that helps me to stand back up and complete the calling on my life in the midst of and following the grieving process. With Your assistance, I vow to not allow the loss of anyone or anything result in the death of my service to You during my time on this earth.