I didn’t know that this seemingly innocent Google invitation called “Rediscover this day” would throw me again in the trenches of overwhelming pain. I clicked on the link and stared into two smiling faces: my husband and me, standing on a bridge in a hug, exuding happiness, joy, and love.
Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at incourage.me reflecting on why what you need is consolation, not an explanation, when struggling with loss, grief, and pain.
To see the photo and all the happy memories it evoked felt like a stab straight into my fragile heart. This happy life was no more. Tears rolled down my cheeks, and my body shook convulsively. It hurt so much, the realization of another painful loss.
How did I end up here?
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What You Need Is Consolation, Not an Explanation
Now, I am living in a nightmare: a life of loneliness, without the love and support of my beloved. My hands are weary; my heart is shattered into million pieces, unraveling.
My body and soul ache. The loss of my husband initiated a continuous chain of losses: the loss of a future we planned and wanted together, the loss of my family, the loss of my way of life, the loss of the dreams we had together, the loss of the intimate fellowship with another person.
My dreams and desires seem now more distant than ever. I ask myself often, “What’s the point to keep going?” My heart longs for a settled life, for home, for a resting place to love, live and create again. I struggle to keep trusting God.
I am in the chains of grief.
We Need God More than Answers
In my anguish, I feel the gentle nudge to love Jesus in my pain and let Him comfort me. Too often we cry for understanding, tossing the “why” question, expecting that the answer will bring relief and compensate for the loss.
Not so. When we are in the midst of suffering, we rarely get answers, and honestly, we don’t need them. We need God–the consolation of His loving presence; the comfort that He understands and feels our pain; the hope and perspective of His words. We need consolation, not an explanation.
Read the rest of the post at incourage.me and be strengthened and encouraged.
Find More Comfort in These Books
Friend, if you are in a season of grief and pain, you may also want to check my new “BOOK OF COMFORTS”.
In this book you’ll find comfort when you struggle with unmet expectations, disillusionment in faith, when you are in a season of pain, when your hope diminishes, when life gets hard, and much more. Reflection questions and a guided prayer follow each devotion.
Additionally, I can recommend highly these books. They have helped me tremendously in processing my grief. Check them out.
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