Overcoming Grief

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Grief & Mourning

“Grief is the painful emotion of sorrow caused by the loss or impending loss of anyone or anything that has deep meaning to you.” Biblical Counseling Keys on Grief Recovery, June Hunt.

Psalm 31:9 ESV
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
Ecclesiastes 1:18 ESV
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Grief is directly related to both our bond with what was lost and to our wisdom.

Faced with the immanent loss of Jesus, the disciples grieved (were greatly distressed).
Matthew 17:23 ESV
and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

In the midst of intense grief, it may seem like it will never pass; never end.

There is such a thing as repressed grief - a smile hides our tears.

Proverbs 14:13 ESV
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

God subjects to a life that includes sickness and sorrow, but He neither forsakes us nor leaves us without helps.

Psalm 138:7 ESV
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
Psalm 71:20 ESV
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.

Classic Examples of Grief

Job

Job 3:23–26 ESV
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? For my sighing comes instead of my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water. For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.”

Jacob (Israel)

Genesis 37:34 ESV
Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.

King David

Bathsheba’s First

2 sam 12:16
2 Samuel 12:16 ESV
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

Absalom

2 Samuel 18:33 ESV
And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Jeremiah

Lamentations 3:19–26 ESV
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Jesus the Christ

Isaiah 53:3 ESV
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Mourning

Closely related to “grief” is “mourning,” the process of working through the pain of sorrow that follows a significant loss.

Remember, you need not, you do not face mourning alone.

God’s love and word are great helps in working through our grief.

Psalm 30:11 ESV
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

Friends and neighbors comforted Mary and Martha after Lazarus’ death.

John 11:19 ESV
and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
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