Kate said grief
I confess, after all, you all are my good friends and usually know if I’m sincere or snarky, I didn’t like her word choice for the Friday before GratefulGiving, aka Thanksgiving.
Grief…I mean it’s just such a sad word and an even sadder emotion.
Grief comes in different forms
As a young Mom with three children, one nursing at her breast – the news that my husband was having an affair (1978) and wanted to leave us brought a greater and deeper grief than losing my mom (2012).
As a 50-something Mom the grief I felt as I watched one of children nose dive into depression and drug-use brought the most horrific form of grief.
This current year we live in has a grief all its own. Watching much of the world succumbing to a socialistic agenda grieves me with a hopelessness of despair. I loathe it.
Has to be the greatest of all griefs. But I am NOT that person. God came oh-so-near to me in late 2002 when our family as a whole walked through an intense and horrific grief.
But, my heavenly Father deposited the greatest of all gifts in me…
Now, may the God of all Hope fill you with all Joy and Peace in believing, that you may abound in Hope by the power of Holy Spirit. Romans 15.13
Hope Changes Everything
I have watched it change people, things, situations, world crises – I pray in hope because I know what My Father stands for. I know what Christ died for. And, I know that this life isn’t all there is – there is an eternal rest for the people of God. And, for that I am eternally grateful.
Joanne Viola says
I thought the same thing when I saw the word prompt in my twitter feed. So I went to bed deciding I would skip this week. I woke with the word in my thoughts and came to the same conclusion as you – we have such hope in and through Christ. He will turn our grief to joy. In His time. In His way. And for this we can be most grateful! xo
Kindreds at heart!!! xo
Peggy Occhiuzzo says
I stopped writing FMF weeks back but when I saw that word, my heart broke…again. I suffer from depression and these last few months have left me on a stronger depression fighting med. And I hate meds. But…This morning I told my prayer group on Messenger: I feel like an Israelite standing at the Red Sea waiting for the parting of the waters.
Let it be so Father.
Let it be, Lord.
I love that so many writers today have written as much about hope as they have grief. Hope is such a beautiful gift when we are in the darkness of grief.
Amie, FMF #16
Amie, it is our greatest promise!!!
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
I grieved at what I couldn’t alter,
at that which had been taken,
and doing so caused heart to falter,
and my faith was shaken,
for I felt as though I were a leaf
caught in the spinning storm,
and the outline of belief
began to lose its form.
But then I heard from far away,
a Voice upon the howling wind;
“My child, your heart led you astray,
and in this, yes, you’ve sinned,
but put away, now, needless sorrow,
for all’s redeemed in My tomorrow.”
For ALL is redeemed in His tomorrow. OH GLORY! Our Blessed Hope.
Anita Ojeda says
Amen, my friend! Grief comes in all shapes and sizes, but hope conquers all!
Hope – it changes everything. Thank You, Lord.
God’s rest in eternal fearlessness love this. Love how you are always so open, vulnerable and everyone can relate to you. I really do not know how people cope without hope. God bless fmf #4
Loretta, honestly? Neither do I. Your comment encourages me so much. Thank you for your generosity.
Your acronym says it all! Thank you. Karen (FMF #9)
It really does!!! Thanks for driving by.
Paula Short says
Amen Susan. Love the acronym. I totally agree with you 100%. I love that you are so relatable. Good day blessings to you.
Visit from FMF#15
Paula, thanks for that – I really appreciate it.
praise God He is so near, even in (especially in) the darkest grief seasons. thank you for sharing, sweet friend!
I love that Romans verse so much. Amen! Hope changes things as you always say.
It’s a scripture to memorize, remember, and exercise!!!
Sandra K Stein says
Love this post. Thanks for being vulnerable and for sharing.
I don’t know how people can cope who don’t have Jesus or His hope.
(Visiting from #30)
Who can cope without True Hope? I love that, Sandra! Thanks for coming by. And, have a blessed Thanksgiving.