walking with grief and loss
Last week, Grandpa passed away and now we are learning how to walk with grief and loss once again. To be honest, I am not sure how to come here feeling this frazzled, not exactly sure what to say because how do you ever put grief into words? How do you describe something lost when you know that someone dear to you walks with a greater loss? How do you compare a great loss to those smaller ones that happen every single day? How do you ever measure just how much you have lost of your heart walking in this fallen world?
I know not the answer, and I have been asking “how?” — a lot.
“So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29-30)
But I wonder, if walking with grief and loss is just like any other day walking with Jesus. We will undoubtedly face loss in this life — the loss of our loved ones, of certain relationships, of jobs, of important places. Grief will certainly accompany us through the years, in a form or another. These two, no matter how great the grief or the loss feels, they come like a storm — surprising us, even when we knew to expect them.
The thing about these storms is, they are never easy. The waves push us under the surface and we start to sink; the wind is boisterous and throws us around. Though we might have set out with our eyes fixed on Jesus, following His call to come. The storms of this life tend to hold most of our attention and fear creeps in. But we can take comfort in knowing that Peter was right there with us, crying out to the Lord to save him. We are not alone in this one.
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
Yes, like Peter, we get so afraid when we are walking the road unknown to us, carrying grief, loss, and hurt with us. But this we know — that when the storm rages and the waves push us down under, we can still forsake our fears. Because when we call out to Him, Jesus will immediately stretch out His hand and catch us.
No matter how great the raging storm. No matter how hard the winds blow. No matter how long the journey ahead of you. No matter how afraid you are. Jesus will be there, right beside you and ready to stretch out His hand to catch you. And He will always, always, catch you.
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