The Lord comforts those who mourn
This time of year brings on a feeling of joy and sadness for many of us who have lost loved ones recently and over the year. Namely, because we are about to embark upon the holiday season and that is when we miss them the most. The looks and appearances of three celebrated holidays are visible in the stores, while our minds are recalling the times we spent together, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As I fast forward to Thanksgiving, I remember all the colors, guests, smells and tastes associated with the season, but most of all I remember my parents. How my father would make sure there was enough food to feed the neighborhood and how my mother would start a day early preparing the delicious meal. It is something about their love that made the holiday season the more special. Now that they are gone, those treasured memories are just as fresh in my mind as they were when they were with us in this earthly realm.
I'd like to encourage the hearts of those who have recently lost loved one with these comforting words that assisted me in my healing process:
The Word of God tells us "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted, " Matthew 5:4.
Mourning is a process that is unpredictable. One may feel up one day and down the next. Therefore it is normal and healthy to express the loss of a loved one through a show of emotions. During those times when you feel like it's too hard to go on, God is providing comfort and that is where the true blessing comes from. He will keep you in perfect peace, He will carry you through the emotional part of grieving and He will provide everything that you need to get through this seemingly difficult season of your life.
And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness," Corinthians 12:9.
If you want comfort today just ask and God will strengthen you. It took years for me to get to the place where I am today because I understand that it is a process that time heals all wounds. Those times in my life when I was weak, God's love was doing its best to keep me strong. The very first Thanksgiving without Mother assembled around the table was the worst I'd ever experienced. I couldn't hold back the tears long enough to clearly ask the blessing. Then I was so choked up from crying that my food wouldn't go down properly. By the third year I began to smile and think on all the ways that she made the holiday special. God allowed those memories to assist in the healing process.
It was the grace of God through His Son Jesus that sustained me when I felt like the burdens were too hard to bear. There is power through the same Jesus that will lift you too when nothing earthly will do.
Finally, "whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things," Philippians 4:8.