The mother of a dear friend of mine who passed away shared this post, and the timing couldn’t have been better.
So many of us in the Gulf Coast are still in shock. When that shock wears off, grief will be next and it will hit you like a ton of bricks. It hit me the other night.
There are common mistakes with grief. A few are:
* Thinking that after one good cry, that the grief is gone. No, it hasn’t…to use the words from a Karen Carpenter song…
“It’s only just begun “.
* “Real men don’t cry.” Yeah, right, just ask Jesus about that. (I will give you a hint…look at John 11:35).
* “Everyone around me has their own pain…I don’t want to add to it.”
For some people, this can be true, but for many people, they are thinking t the same thing. Sadly, this waste not only a good free counseling session, but a way to pray for others.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Galatia: ”
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2 NKJV
While this passage is specifically addressing helping a fellow Christian who is battling temptation, the Greek word for burden is used to refer to something of great weight or heavy, so grieving is very much applicable here.
So don’t fall into the temptation of finding things so you can work around your grief. Instead work THROUGH your grief, and if you ever need help, don’t be afraid to ask. ❤