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November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014

"In A Season of Loss, Release Your Grief"

“Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62: 8b NLT

The Bible says that when you go through a season of loss, the first thing you need to do is release your grief. Tragedy always produces strong emotions:anger, fear, depression, worry and, sometimes, guilt. These can be very scary, especially when you don’t know what to do with them.

When you have experienced a major loss, these enormous feelings bubble up within you. If you don’t deal with them now, you will deal with them later and it could be a lot harder to recover.

Some people never deal with grief in their life. They’re stuffers; they push it down, and pretend it’s not there. The cost for that is that you continue to struggle with it.

Sometimes, it results in illness, even 20 – 30 years later. There’s a really bad myth among Christians, or what some people think is supposed to be Christian behavior. The myth is that Christians are always happy, no matter what.

They’re supposed to walk around with a smile on their face all the time. No matter what is happening you just keep saying, “Praise the Lord!” The Bible doesn’t say any such thing.

In fact, as we heard in the Gospel reading just a week and a half ago, Jesus says in Matthew 5: 4, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” It’s OK to grieve. The difference: we grieve with hope.

So what do you do with those feelings? Release them, release them to God. Tell Him how you feel. He doesn’t mind if you tell Him, “I hurt, I’m grieving, and this is a tough one to take.”

He already knows how you feel but He wants you to say it to help get it out of you. If you’re going through grief right now, don’t be afraid to cry and let it out. If you don’t do it now you’ll do it later and it will be a lot harder.

Pour out your grief to God, so that He can begin to heal your heart.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don