READ : Matthew 14:6-21
Helpful booklets for the bereaved distributed by funeral directors have crossed my desk. But they only deal with the externals. Death leaves its deepest wounds in the spirits of those who remain to mourn. How can we help our weeping brothers and sisters?
Advise them to do what Jesus did. He had lost a family member and dear friend who had devoted his life to Him. In the midst of His grief, our Lord did two things. He went into the desert alone where He often found relaxation. But more importantly He prayed. Hour after hour He poured out His soul before God, and His strength was renewed. But, unavoidably, even there the crowds followed Him. As always He ministered to them and healed their sick.
He sets an example for us.
Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish;
Come to the mercy-seat, fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded hearts,
here tell your anguish:
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Life goes on. Jesus submerged His grief in service for others. That’s good therapy for us too. Having committed our departed loved ones and our bruised hearts to the Lord, we go on to serve. And in the midst of our service the Comforter comes!
Lord, teach us to pray and to serve even in the distraction of our sorrow. Help us then to rise up again with new strength to serve You. Amen.