The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18

Success is heavily dependent on how we manage the trials and tribulations we face.

Many of us have experienced trauma and different types of change and loss, and can relate to feeling depressed, angry, resentful or bitter.

Anyone who has gone through a tough times of heart break, loss or abandonment can relate to experiencing grief. Psychologists say that because grief is an abrupt change of pattern or lifestyle, we all experience grief at different levels: moving into a new home, getting a new job, first argument with a friend/loved one, miscarriage, abortion, death of a pet, loved one or relationship, amongst many more.

Griefthe conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior

Is it okay to tell a grieving parent, that they should have faith and not mourn the loss of their child? Naomi returned to Israel after the death of her 2 sons and husband. Ruth chose to accompany her, but even while in another land and a faithful friend, Naomi was still sad about her losses. She changed her name to “Mara”, which means bitter.  David and Bathsheba also lost their first child.

The bible doesn’t exactly say how they overcame grief, but I understand that because of their faith God gave them grace: the presence of God, strength, hope and a sense of purpose. But the grace of God is faithful to help us move forward.

All pain is different. All pain is valid. God is close to the brokenhearted and crushed in Spirit.  


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