“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26 NIV
A milestone is an event or action that makes a significant impact. I can remember as a student nurse witnessing my first birth of a baby. I was in awe as I watched a strong and healthy baby girl enter the world loudly crying the sweet song of freedom. Even the physician laughed and commented that she had a strong set of lungs. We were elated as we congratulated the young mother on the birth of her precious baby. As we documented our nurse’s notes, the nurse who was my preceptor explained that she would never get tired of the beautiful blessing of life.
For anyone that views life as a precious gift will agree that death delivers a terrible sting. This week our family is saddened by the loss of two of our family members due to natural causes. For me it is the passing of my Cousin and my Aunt; however, for their immediate families, it is the loss of a Father/Husband and a Wife/Mother. They were faithful in their roles as loving spouses, parents, nurturers, providers, and role models.
Nothing in life prepares us for the death of a loved one. Death is always personal; it signifies a finality that we are never emotionally prepared for. With every death, there is a loss which produces grief. There is an abyss connected with the impact of death, and if we are not spiritually connected to God, we will be plummeted deeper and deeper into its void.
The process of grieving is God’s gift to restore us to a place of wholeness. We must endure the journey of grieving in order to receive Restoration and Healing. Ecclesiastes 3:4 tells us, “there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” The period of mourning involves acknowledging our loss, reflecting on the beautiful memories, crying endless tears, praying, and studying the Word of God. Reaching out to a spiritual mentor that God has granted the gift to provide grief support is highly recommended.
It is comfort in hearing the words, “I am sorry for your loss.” Last night, my beautiful cousin (who lost her husband) shared some very humorous memories about his card playing techniques. Who would think that we would be able to have a hearty laugh during our time of grief?
It is God who will guide us through the journey as we push forward to function in our daily lives. It is from the kindness and thoughtfulness of others who share their words and time to aid the healing of our wounds of emptiness.
We will never lose hope. God has promised us better days and a perfect life in the New Heaven and the New Earth.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old Order of Things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
The Lord is close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Prayer for today: Dear God, We call on you to grant us comfort, to grant us hope in the time of our travailing journey to restoration and healing from the loss of our loved ones. We believe that you know the pain of death; after all, it was your only Son, Jesus who died for the remission of sin. Please, God, we need your love, your grace, your mercy, and the blessing of HOPE showered upon us right now. These blessings we ask in the Wonderful name of Jesus. Amen
Sonya Johnson Ruiz
Mount Moran Sunrise