When the Lord saw her,
He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
Everyone experiences grief at some point. Death will come to everyone. Even when the death of someone we love is expected, we will still grieve our loss. Grieving is a process, and it does not go away overnight, even when we know our loved one’s suffering has ended and he or she is safely in Heaven. There are people who have never experienced grief and cannot understand another’s sorrow. But we should not deny our feelings and pretend everything is fine.
When someone close to us dies, we naturally focus on what that person meant to us in the past, and we sense the crushing finality of death. We realize that the past is gone forever and it will never be repeated. This is perfectly natural. The Lord helps turn our minds to the future when we put our focus on Him. Life goes on and there are others who love and need us. Most of all, God is not finished with us. The Bible tells us to reach forward to those things which are ahead (Philippians 3:13).
By God’s strength, we can show compassion for others who are hurting. Grief turns us inward, but compassion turns us outward, and that is what we need when grief threatens to crush us.
Heavenly Father, I pray this day for all who are in the depths of grief, that those who call upon You will be comforted, blessed and encourage by the truth of Your Word. In Jesus name I ask. Amen.