Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 6, 2012

Let's talk about loss.  It's something that will happen to all of us.  It takes the form of broken relationships, loved one's dying, miscarriages and broken hearts.  It comes in various shapes and sizes, with one outcome, sadness.  I understand that kind of sorrow.  It's bone deep and keeps us frozen in time, when really, time has moved on.

In the last 5 years, I have lost three people I loved with all my heart.  They knew my deepest secrets, my worst fears and the desires of my heart.  They are all gone, never to return.  My family feels their loss and there are no words to describe how lonely and empty life can feel. But in all the pain, there stands my Father reminding me that He knew me in the womb and I am His.

Losing a brother, mother and father, is very difficult.  Luckily, I have never lost a child.  I can't even imagine the pain and suffering a person goes through.  I watched my parents at my brother's funeral and I know for them, it was devastating.  God doesn't take them away to hurt us; He takes them away for His glory.  I didn't come to this conclusion quickly, so if you aren't with me on this, I totally understand.  What I am trying to say is that our lives and the people that are in them are part of a master plan, with only one key master.  They are here for us to love and be loved for a time but in the end, they are Christ's and He will decide the time and hour of their return.

Life is not easy and the concept of loss is even harder.  We must hold onto the Word and ask the Lord to help and guide us through our sorrow.  We can't change circumstances but we can change our hearts.  If you know someone that is going through this, comfort them, be near and let them know they aren't alone.  You may not be able to say anything that will truly help but there is power in numbers.  We are called to stand by our brothers and sisters, don't leave them, lift them up and show them the power of Jesus Christ.

Take your loss and grow closer to Him!  It's worth it.

Philippians 3:7-11 NKJV:

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for Christ.  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

For every loss, I have gained more faith.  It hasn't been easy.  When things are taken away from us, we want them back.  I am sure the disciples and Jesus's mother wanted Him back desperately.  We don't always get what we want, because in the end, it's not our life anyway.  Nothing stays forever except for God.  Plant your feet today and ask the Lord in.

My prayer today:

Lord, I come to You with all my heart asking You to heal those that have lost someone.  God it's not easy, we are selfish creatures and desire to have them around forever.  We know that we are all Yours, and yet, You give them to us for a time.  Help us through our dark hours and give us comfort, so that we may comfort someone else. Lord, our desire is to know You and to be in the power of Your resurrection.  Give us hands to heal today, mouths to speak, and a huge dose of love.  AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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