Dealing with a loss

Genesis 50:4
“When the days of mourning were over, Joseph spoke to the men of Pharaoh’s house and said to them…”

Today you are still dealing with the loss of a loved one, or, although not on the same level, but still painful, the loss of a job or something you loved very much. I know that one of the most difficult things is either the loss of a child or the loss of a spouse. But in every loss there is pain and the Lord is with you.

In Psalm 23, the Bible says: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” Of course, there are pains that no one can understand, but in a time of grief there is an opportunity that we could not discover at any time. It serves to experience God’s presence in a way that you can only experience when you are facing loss. It is in this kind of situation that God manifests himself to protect and comfort you in a way that no one else can. 

I have experienced various losses and recently the loss of my dad. This is really painful. And I remember it when I am alone sometimes. I could remember these situations and see it all happening again. And at this particular time, I am starting to feel those emotions of despair, sadness, anger, incomprehension and discouragement in this difficult situation.

When you lose a loved one or something you needed or loved very much, you have to accept that there is a period of mourning. And you can’t rush it. But be careful that this period of mourning does not lead you to a time of disbelief instead of a time of trust in God alone. The period of mourning is also a time of testing, when your faith will be comforted if you have the right attitude.

And like Joseph, after the bereavement, you must make the decision not to have to relive those past experiences. Rather than dwelling on the wounds of the past, begin to remember all the good times you had and all the blessings of the Lord that allowed you to get to know those people or to have that precious thing for a while. Praise the Lord with a grateful heart and allow Him to release His fresh anointing of joy.

It doesn’t happen naturally. It is a decision you have to make and you will make it because it is the way to a better life.

Prayer: God, I leave my pain about the loss I have experienced to you, and I trust you for the future. I decide to grieve for as long as I need to, but I also decide not to grieve for the rest of my life, because you have a better life in store for me. I decide to let go of the hard things of the past and turn to the great things you have in store for me. Thank you for surrounding me in this time of opening up to the spirit of faith.

Quote: Rather than dwelling on the wounds of the past, start remembering all the good times you’ve had by turning your gaze to God alone, who has a bright future in store for you.

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