Transformed through Grief,
Lam 5:19-22 NLT
When faced with a heartrending situation ,there are questions that must be answered. Can we be transformed by lament? CAN WE FIND HOPE AGAIN?Can we trust in God’s sovereignty over any and every crisis we might face?
For the Skeptic or the most stoic among us,lament may be nothing more than focusing on the negative and feeling sorry for ourselves. IT IS TRUE THAT MANY OF US GET STUCK IN EXTENDED SEASONS OF GRIEF AND MOURNING.
(I can speak for my own self When I lost my Oldest Brother due to an Overdose of heroine.
The World gets cast in tones of gray and dark and foreboding forces to hem us in. It can be a struggle to break free from such spiritual and emotional oppression.
But Lament need not be so,Lament can allow us to express,with deepest conviction and an earnest aching in our souls,that we long the for something better. We long for God to make things right. When we hold the hand of a Loved one whose memory has been ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease or sit at the bedside of our Child with cystic fibrosis who is laboring to breathe,we can’t help but yearn for the health they deserve.
Jeremiah cried out, All the majesty of beautiful Jerusalem has been stripped away. 1:6
Lament can transform us because it reinforces the notion that naming our sorrow is important both for the power it can have in helping us to face it and for the recognition of our need for God.
Lament allows us to face the worst situation even as we are praying for the best outcome from God.
Paul reminded us that we do not grieve as if we have no hope ,(1Thes 4:13).We proclaim with the psalmist:
“You are my God!’My future is in your hands “Ps 31:14-15.
Oh My ABBA Father, Dear God,when I hold a hand of a loved one whose memory has been revaged by Dementia or Alzheimer disease or when I sit at the bedside of my child,(grandkids) Family sick or perhaps a stranger I can’t help but yearn for the health they deserve.
Restore us,O Lord, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had! Lamentation 5:21 Amén.
In Christ Jesus name!
Jeremiah 17:14 NLT
O Lord, if you heal me,I will be truly healed;if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!
I Pray you was blessed and gained Hope in God alone!