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Good in grief? How is that even possible? How can that happen for me? 

 

We’ve all lost something or someone dear to us and when we experience loss we grieve. Time will heal our hurting hearts and while some may get stuck, many of us will get through it.

Here’s what I know about grief, my own and those I’ve walked beside: many of us don’t know we can expect something good to come out of our grief.

We can?  

Yes.

Listen to Jeremiah 31:13, "...I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow." (NIV)

The Message Translation says, "I’ll convert their weeping into laughter, lavishing comfort, invading their grief with joy."

Amplified says: "For I will turn their mourning into joy, And will comfort them and make them rejoice after their sorrow."

God promises to give us:

  • Gladness and laughter.
  • Lavishing comfort.

Then, He says he will invade us with joy and make us rejoice. 

I don’t know about you but, not all my losses have ended like that.

Sure, after the loss...

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Are you a comeback story?

More movies than I can count are comeback stories.   We love to see the victorious underdog or the champion fallen from the heights of accomplishment winning again.   We cheer; we are inspired.  However, when faced with trials, we surrender defeat unable to picture a comeback story for ourselves.
 
Why?
 
After my job loss I could have found a job in my field.  In arrogance I’d spent over 12 years building my reputation, experience and achievements.  But, God had clearly spoken - door slammed, locks bolted, hinges fused.  The doors were more than closed, the ‘No Admittance' warning tape crossed the door frame, cautioning me to steer clear.  His answer was the firmest ‘NO’ I’d ever heard.  This is NOT the path.  I feared disobedience more than the risk of following an unclear path, to an unknown place, with an uncertain outcome. 
 
God was inviting me to...
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