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GRIEF: Weeping May Endure for a Night but JOY comes in the Mourning....

Updated on August 14, 2012

Life moves forward in the midst of grief dragging along those who are fighting to recover.

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Grief -- defined: 1. Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement. 2. A source of deep mental anguish.

Grief is something so large, so personal, that we sometimes believe we will not survive. At times it is so intense and engulfing we believe we do not want to survive. And yet, people all around the world, have survived horrific things and we wonder "how"?

Not by choice but by divine election, today -- I too, am a survivor. Two weeks ago my mother and best friend Joanne slipped out of this world and into eternity after an unexpected complication during a cardiac stent.

Facing the reality of her death I first had an emotional tantrum, telling her not to leave, and yelling at God not to take her. I fast forwarded to the funeral in my mind and this brought on intense physical sickness and chest pains.

I then refocused on the truth about what we were facing as a family -- saying goodbye to our mother with love and respect.

As my mom left her body, we gathered around her hospital room and sang her favorite hymns and prayed. We told her we would be OK if she needed to go, and that we would take care of one another and our father.

The mental anguish afterwards, holding our teenage daughter as she grieved so deeply for her loss I thought she may never stop crying. The emotional devastation of watching our elementary aged children cry in shock as they learned they would never again see Nana in this world. This was almost more than I could bear.

Two weeks ago today, at 12:00 noon, my journey through grief began.

Grief is such a personal experience, we can't understand how one person seems to be coping, when we feel like our heart is going to burst from pain. What we don't know is some people choose to grieve privately, or some choose never to grieve at all.

I choose to grieve because the person I am separated from is the most important person in my life. The woman who birthed me, raised me, cared for my serious illness, protected me, mentored me and befriended me. I grieve deeply because I loved my mother deeply.

I grieve, however I do not grieve as though I have no hope. My faith in God gives me great hope of a heavenly reunion with my mom.

I look to the Bible, God's inspired word in order to survive not just my grief, but life itself and all of the troubles it can bring.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. New Living Translation – Psalms 34:18

He heals the broken heartened, binding up their wounds. Psalms 147:3

Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Psalms 46:1

Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5

Brothers we don’t want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep: or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13

I will turn their mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

Because HE LIVES.... I can face tomorrow!


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