We know we're going to die at some point. We know that everyone we know is going to die too. But somehow we manage to live in denial of these two basic facts. Until it actually happens.
What do we do when death walks through our door?
The obvious answer is: we grieve. We start planning a funeral. We scout out cemeteries. We prepare for the burial.
Oftentimes it means wearing a mask as we struggle to hide our bereavement from the world. We disguise the fact that though we may be calm on the outside, a storm rages within.
The Kübler-Ross model suggests that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. And while it's true that we often go through these phases as we learn to cope, I believe that as Christians we should have a different "model".
We are told in Hebrews 12:2 that we should look to Jesus who is the "author and finisher" of our faith. For me, that means He knows what the race looks like because He's done it. He finished the course that was set before Him. He can say with Paul, "I fought a good fight. I finished the race (II Timothy 4:7)."
In John chapter 11, we find the death of one of Jesus' beloved friends, Lazarus. By examining this account from Jesus' life, there are three principles on grieving that can be identified:
Lord, today I'm claiming Your promise that You comfort the broken-hearted for every person who is in mourning right now. I pray that they will find their comfort and their strength in You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Is there someone you know who's bereaved right now? Share three comforting scriptures with them. Don't have a scripture to share? Spend a moment of silence or weeping with them.
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