I don’t think grief ever completely goes away. Today was my grandmother’s birthday. Even though she has passed away 2 years ago I still have times where I remember her and grieve her death. I actually had two or three times this week that this has happened.
The first time was when earlier this week I was going through things in my room. When the family was together for her memorial service each of us was able to pick out a ring from a box of rings that she had. I stumbled upon this ring and it made me think of her.
This week I have been reading a devotional about creativity. My grandmother was extremely creative and artistic. She could turn anything into art and it was her main passion in life. She was the one in my life that taught me how to draw when I was young, and she always encouraged me to be artistic. Most of what I have done artistically during the past couple of years has been making graphics on the computer. I decided that next year I’m going to paint and do more art with my hands.
Another time this week I was listening to a song in my car. I had decided it’s about time to start listening to Christmas music that day. There was a song that was about not having someone this Christmas. If I’m being honest I started crying during this song because I missed her.
For many of us there is someone that has died that has affected us in some way. For some of us it’s someone extremely close to us. Other times it’s someone that we knew that we’re just shocked that they had passed away. I want to encourage you that it’s ok to grieve a loss of someone you know. I think it’s actually good to cry over the loss of someone. The reason I believe this is that it shows that you had someone that you loved and cared about deeply. I’d rather have had that person for a season of my life than to never know or be close to them like I was.
I also want to encourage you to show the people you care about how much you love and appreciate them in your life. You never know when your time with them is going to end, and you don’t know what battles that they might be going through.
There are tons of people in this world today that suffer from depression or suicidal thoughts. I recently saw a Facebook post of someone that I knew in high school that had attempted suicide recently. I’m glad this person didn’t succeed, but seeing this opened my eyes of how we should be taking every opportunity we have to encourage and support the people in our life. Also, if you personally are struggling with either of these situations then I want to encourage you to reach out to someone to talk to about it. It helps to be in community with other believers that can come along side you during this difficult time. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, then I encourage you to email me. I’m always willing to listen to anyone if they need it.
- “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” ~Psalm 34:18 ESV
- “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” ~Revelations 21:4 ESV
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” ~Isaiah 41:10 ESV
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