Hearts ache when hearts break

And nothing seems to bring relief

But to suffer for God's name sake

(My experience suggests)

Brings a deaf relief because of one's grief.

Losses suffered castigate hope

So hope to hold on becomes a fight

When we can not accept

We go to God in our darkest night.

Minutes that seem like hours

Hours that seem like days

When life's harsh it sours

Leaving a fog so thick it stays.

Those forlorn moments of paralysis

Can not move, eyes lost in a gaze

Darkest deep beyond analysis

Desperate is the one who prays.

Loss is a dream defunct. It takes us deep into a journey to another world we barely recognized exhausted. Of course, we knew was there all along, but we really did not expect to arrive in Holland when Italy promised so much. Loss is the death of a hope, yet it is only when hope dies that we determine that we can not leave it that way.

Very soon we command a fight to reclaim hope.

It, as a request, is the spiritual fight of our lives.

Grief teachers acceptance of the unacceptable. How true this is! Loss, as it occurs, and for so many millions of minutes, is unacceptable. We can not accept what has forced us to change.

What is beyond us, that which is absolutely beyond our control, leaves us feeling useless, helpless, and hopeless. And yet it is only in a street called Unacceptable that we learn to inhabit a home called Hope that is beyond every hope that can be taken away.

That hope is God. That hope is found in God. And God opens the way to a life that can never be defeated, even though we need to be defeated in order to embark on the journey to the distant Promised Land of the soul.

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It's not unusual in my life to experience tragedy, and some days there are more than one. One thing I guess grief has taught me is to expect it. I would not call it pessimism, because in pessimism there is no hope, just resignation. I see a hope beyond loss, and I see hope transcend loss; and, that grief is the enigmatic vehicle that transports us from spiritual death to eternal life in the name of Jesus.

I often wonder of the person who never prayed until they lost every ounce of fortitude they had. With nothing left, and with nothing left to lose, they go to God, first perhaps in the fury of fire, telling him how nasty He is to allow this. Then there are consequent prayers, sometimes when they are too weak to shake their fist at God. Then there's the time when God showed up somehow. Sound familiar? The longer we spend time with God's people, the more we hear variations of this ancient narrative born afresh.

Many people's prayer lives

had their genesis in grief.

What was designed against them as defeat

they turned, through God, into victory.

The prayer God loves most is that first prayer, prayed in desperation. That life situation that brought us to our knees, also brought us to God, and can be seen as the moment that life could begin, again. Such a paradox is applied to the reality that seems like an end but is simply a cruel beginning.

The hope we cling to in loss

is that it really is not the end. And it is not!

With God through our grief,

hope abides for the sweetest relief.

Bear with God through the fire,

He will get you through the pyre.

Bear well as you can your heartache of pain,

ultimately, this time you'll see as one of gain.



Source by Steve Wickham

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