Grief and healing

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“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD”. Jeremiah 30:17

Seeing my parents grave, after my wife sent me the photos, has brought back fresh memories – and with it fresh stabs to the heart that still hurts.
It has been six (6) years since they both passed away. I can still feel that searing pain of loss. I sorely missed them.

Overcoming grief does not make a grieving person whole again. It is meant to make a person live with that missing part of oneself. By letting go of that missing part – no matter how painful it is – makes a person stronger over one’s miseries and griefs. Sometimes its okay not to be okay. To overcome grief is to learn to accept the fact that one will never be truly whole again and yet continue to live his life because he has a purpose, because there’s more to life than to grieve over the past that we cannot change.

Grief, as painful as it is, is an essential component of our journey towards healing (from Bible Study Tools –

To ran away from grief is to run away from the balm that can soothe the pain of losing a loved one.
Grief is unreturned tenderness, unrequited love. It leaves a hole inside the heart because the object of tenderness or love is no longer there. You need something or someone to heal that wound.

In Psalm 147:3, the Scriptures has this to say: “He heals the broken hearted and binds their wounds.” By acknowledging our grief and surrendering it to the LORD, we are letting God to take all our pain in His hands and subsequently restore us and heal us from that pain.
Healing doesn’t mean that the pain is no longer there; it means the pain no longer controls us because we have finally overcome it.


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