The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Grief does not have an expiration date
This Psalm has recently become personal to me during the passing of my father. Since then, I have been experiencing what Elisabeth Kübler-Ross describes in her five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. What this famous research does not tell you is that the process of grief does not have an expiration date.
Valley of the shadow of death
The most popular Psalm of David describes grief as walking through the valley of the shadow of death and that the Lord our Shepherd is with me. This became visibly demonstrated when I made it to my dad’s bedside one hour before he took his last breath on this side of heaven. Most of our family had already gathered around the hospice bed, keeping a vigil by loving on him by reading scriptures, singing his favorite hymns of the faith and praying him into his heavenly reward.
The Apostle Paul writes about his divine cycle of comfort and grace in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
What is your heart condition?
Are you suffering from a broken heart or crushed spirit? Remember that the Lord is walking beside you through your valley and He will be your comfort. So, go hug someone today. Try ending all your conversations with a simple statement that “you love them.”