The path of grief begins with a loss, usually the death of a loved one. Since my first post on grief, “Grace for Grief,” I hope that you have followed other posts. They have been indirectly the beginnings of this path that I believe can be part of your experience to get through and triumph over your grief. (Example: articles on the Lord’s Day. Part of healing is through our obedience to His commands. This includes our worship and fellowship with His people. Grace ~ A Realm, speaks of Christ living in you, to bring you through everything in this life.)
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief.”
This blog is for the proclamation of God’s grace. Everything that we write is intended to be wisdom and comfort for those who read. You will find Jesus Christ, the Lord of grace, in each article. He is the one to follow through this path of grief. He has been there, and will lead you through. So, even though an article may not have the word “grief” in it, it will still minister to your heart, and be a means of His grace to get you through.
The path of grief is not something we chose to take, but is placed before us. We must rise up and follow, else we will become stagnant. Life will no longer have meaning. There are many cases where the persons left behind grieve themselves to death. They refuse to take the path that will lead them through their suffering. There are others who have by their own hand taken their own life. In these cases, the reality of life was never in Jesus Christ, but in whatever was lost.
A path is based on promises. There are signs posted along this way of grace, and He has said that He will always be with you.
A path is going somewhere. There is an end in mind, and at some point the end will be in view. Herein is the hope that keeps us going.
A path can take different turns. There may be resting places at times, before you go on. These times will test your faith, and work patience, and faith in you.
A path is mapped out individually for each of us. Your grief may not be like someone else’s. But know that your heavenly Father in His sovereignty has a special plan and way for you.
A path is sometimes lonely. Even those who have experienced the same kind of loss may not know how to get through, nor help you get through it.
A path is not a race track; the time it will take to get through will be according to His timing.
A path has places of interest that you have never seen before. These are pointed out as you take the Father’s hand and walk with Him.
This path of grief is a narrow path. There is no room to turn around. When you commit to follow Jesus Christ, He expects your own self-denial for the duration.
“Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.”
I cannot promise that in following this blog you will be triumphant over your grief, but the promise is from the Father Himself, that in your following Christ, His Son, He will bring you through—to His glory and your joy.
In the grace and love of Christ. ~ Fran
The first opening of our Camellia—the beginning of winter;
Into the depths of the cold season this shrub
which has become a tree
will be filled with these beautiful blooms.
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