The Gift of Grief

Day 211 –

Sometimes grief can come on the heart like a waterfall of emotions.

Jeremiah 8:18-22 “You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: “Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?” “Why have they aroused my anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?”

Honestly, with all of the joy in my heart, it always shocks me when I’m overcome with the emotions of grief.

It’s never just one thing that causes the floodgates to open. Many burdens I carry for my brothers and sisters, my children and friends, and each one is like a drop of water. As each drop gathers, it flows from the tip of my toes up my body to my heart, making my pulse race, pushing the flood waters further, reaching my head and bursting forth from my eyes. This overflowing of grief is not a common scenario and takes time to come on, but I count it all as a gift of God. It’s like a washing of my soul to prepare me for even more Joy.

The joy and the grief, the burdens and the peace, they’re all a gift. A gift I give thanks for, the Joy leads me to the cross and with the cross I carry the grief and burdens of others.

God gives these gifts, Joy and Grief, to all his Chosen by His Spirit living within us.

He knows we’ll feel the same emotions He’s already felt, He’s been there….done that.

Our Lord is filled with Joy as He watches over us, but time after time our burdens grieve Him as well. He helps us, encourages us, and carries us further, but at some point His flood gates open up and we feel His tears.

Just think, as Jesus was preparing to leave this world He cried for us. He was grieved because we didn’t know that which we had done. Yet, even with all this and all that was to come He still loves us and wants us to choose Him.

One day, He promises, our tears will be no more, our grief will be gone, and our hearts will only experience the Peace of the Spirit and the Joy of the Lord. But until that day comes, May our JOY be BIG and our heart BIGGER, to carry the burdens of others and grieve the sins of this earth like an overflowing waterfall washing them all away.

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