“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 ESV
I see grief all around me: a woman grieving her broken marriage, parents mourning the loss of their newborn child, and broken relationships that may never be mended back together. Grief comes like a hurricane: we can’t prevent it, we can’t stop it, and the damage it leaves seems as if it could never be put back together. So what encouragement does the Bible give for those who are mourning? And how do we go alongside our loved ones, lifting them up during their darkest of times?
I think both of these questions can be answered simultaneously. In other words, if we go to the Scriptures and find its encouragements, that is how we life each other up during times of grief and sorrow. We should always be pointing each other to God’s word; it is there we will find eternal comfort and peace during heart-wrenching situations. Like it says in Psalm 147, God is the one who heals our broken hearts, and we can look to the cross where Jesus suffered brutally and know we are not alone. Christian grieving is real, and it is right. And as Christians, we have hope than non-Christians do not: to see the face of Jesus after this treacherous, sin-filled life has ended. Even in this treacherous life, He is near us and saves those crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).
Sisters, joy will come, and it will come in His timing. We must faithfully wait for God’s timing of healing and restoration. I do not mean this to say there’s a clock ticking waiting for that joy to come…the point is God does not leave His children indefinitely in the depths of sorrow; instead, He is there with us, each step of the way, molding us into the women of God He wants us to be. God’s timing is very mysterious, especially to such finite creatures like us. But, sisters, don’t lose heart—our grief and sorrow show us how we desperately need our Savior. And thankfully, He will forever be by our side.
Father, this time of grief and sorrow is too much to bear. I pray You give me strength to get through this season of despair, and help me to know You are with me each step of the way, as You always have been. Mold me into the woman You have called me to be, living out Your Word and the Gospel even in my darkest of times. Amen.
Are you or a loved one struggling with grief? Know the Father is near to the brokenhearted, and He deeply cares for you. Reflect on Psalm 40:1-3 where David waited patiently to be rescued from the pit.