Friday, February 24, 2012

Wearing grief

Friday Reflection - 2/24/12

Most of us are afraid of grieving. Grief is terrifying. Grief is consuming, like a long, dark coat that you put on, and once its on, you can never take it off. 

Some days you forget you are wearing it. But on rainy days, it gets wet and heavy, and you just wish you could find a way to dry off. Some weeks, it rains every day; in better weeks, perhaps only a few. 

Grief is not an option. 

This fact - that grief is not optional - gives it tremendous power. We can't control it. Grief insists on a fact we struggle to accept: there are very few things in our control after all.

The great irony of grief is that it is both universal and individual. Everyone grieves, but no one grieves as I do. 

To avoid evil while dealing with grief is exceptional. To transform grief for good is heavenly. 

Jesus not only avoided evil in His grief, but transformed it - made it useful, for lack of better terms. He redeemed grief, made it worthwhile, and gave suffering eternal value.

God, one day, will redeem all griefs. He will consume them, and transform them into glory for His children. 
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28)
Praise God for His suffering!

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