I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8:38-39 (The Message)
If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8 (New Living Translation)
When a loved one passes from this life to the next, many people go through a series of difficult thoughts and emotions. It should be expected and is part of how God created us. There is often a time of denial, anger, blame, negotiation, and regret. We are told there is happiness ahead, but the only thing we can see is what lies behind.
Grief over the unexpected loss of a loved one can feel like we have been forced onto a rocket ship, launched into outer space, and landed on a moon of isolation. Hope can be lost and life, as you know it, can seem more equivalent to survival in a lunar capsule, where the only view is a display of dust and a sea of nothingness. Life can temporarily become gray and possess a numbness that is nearly unexplainable.
With such a deep sorrow, what could possibly bring the color of life back again? What could possibly refill the reservoir our eyes have cried out? The only comfort that can be offered is the hope of heaven–belief that God has prepared a place unique and special for our loved one and the promise that we will be with them again. The reality is that God’s love never fails, never gives up, and never runs out for you.
No matter the hardship, difficulty, or loss, nothing can separate us from the love of God. I love how David said it: If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I go down to the grave, You are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me (Psalm 139:8-10).
I encourage you today to pray for the cluster of people you know experiencing pain and suffering the hardship of losing a loved one. Be part of their recovery by offering your time, listening ear, and encouragement. Your words of hope and your faith may be just what they need to get them through their valley of despair.
Oh God, bring comfort to all who are experiencing the pain of loss today. Bring refreshment by Your love and the assurance of hope and confidence that NOTHING separates us from YOU.