Scripture for today: John 11:25-27
There are numerous steps involved in the grieving process, the final one generally being the acceptance stage. As you work your way to and through this process, focus on the following:
Continue on with your life. You’re never going to forget the loss you’ve experienced and might never get over it, but you can absorb it and move on. When the Lord rejected Saul as Israel’s King, Samuel grieved. Then came the point when the Lord intervened and instructed him to move on and anoint Saul’s successor, David (1 Samuel 16:1).
Count upon the afterlife. In the midst of her grief over the death of her brother Lazarus, Martha never lost sight of the big picture. When Jesus arrived on the scene, He said, “Your brother will rise again” – to which Martha responded, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day” (John 11:24). It’s obvious from this statement that Martha understood kingdom life far beyond what she had experienced on earth up to that point.
As difficult as it is, and as much as we miss those we love, at some point we must come to the realization that there’s far more to life than this fallen, sin-soaked planet has to offer. For the believer, to live is Christ, to die is gain.