I realize I have done a lot of writing on people I have lost this year. I have received comments such as: I can see you have a very special place in the kingdom to console those who have lost babies.
Marie – as others have said, I do agree that you have shared deeply from your heart. In the Scriptures you posted, you have led each of us to the One who understands most deeply the losses and sufferings we go through. He paved the way – suffering as He did – to show us that we can bring any experience and the feelings that accompany it to Him and his Strength is there to hold us up. Grief and loss are weakening.
I can look back on times of great trauma and loss and realize how it was his Presence with me that carried me through. see the One helping us and holding us close as we persevere. Beautiful posting – you give us much to ponder.
Grief is such a difficult thing. I learned long ago that we can’t escape it. It reaches each of us in one way or another during our lives. I find comfort in my pain in the loving arms of my Savior Jesus. I can’t even imagine going through it alone… where our strength comes from.
I was so honored when someone compared my post to Jesus’ example in His own suffering
I am so happy when I am able to use words that encourage death’s view to be the place where grief, pain, anguish and suffering are no more. For those are promises in the Holy Scriptures for us to hang tightly to.
Satan may roar; but my defender is the Lion of Judah and He will fight for me… I need only be still.
The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’
Exodus 14:14New (NRSVACE)
He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. Mark 6:31 (NRSVACE)
I have dealt with the loss of losing Loved one’s from a very early age and many are the times when I have felt alienated, like why I ask Jesus do other people act that way or treat me like it is some kind of a disease I am able to control the outcome of?
Some years ago my mother and I were on a women’s retreat team for our parish and the afternoon after a woman signed herself and her mother in-law up to participate her husband was shot and killed I kept getting her mother in-law’s name in our team meeting’s as my person to personally pray for.
During the retreat weekend we were somehow partnered together for attending the weekend Mass.
We were in the back waiting for the priest to come and pray with us before we assembled into the sanctuary. She looked at me and said this is the last place I seen my son before his funeral Mass (Holy ground) I was able to deeply connect with her on many levels throughout that retreat weekend and completely understand when you are never going to see your precious loved one again until eternity.
I was honored, humbled and privileged to Thank my precious Lord Jesus that He was able to use my grief to be a gift for His Holy Glory.
We do not always need to know all the ways we just need to lift our prayers and hearts to the Holy Spirit and allow Him the dominion in our lives to turn our prayers and griefs into Spiritual growth and Glory! Amen.
Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for allowing us the opportunity to be Yours in the ways that serve Your kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven.
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