Sadness and Grief
Sometimes, I think a lot of us have some kind of sadness we carry around. A longing for something to be better; something to get better... perhaps some peace. Some purpose. Some desire to be accepted by someone, or by a group. We mourn for those who have passed, we mourn for those present. We hate to see our loved ones hurting. We wish we could have helped some people that we couldn't, or we wish we could have done more. We hate to be hurting, ourselves- physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even financially. Some of us work hard to no end. Some don't know what to do, or where to turn. We hate to see the sadness and the happenings in the world.
Lamenting- which is expressing deep grief is a part of our lives. We long for peace and comfort.
I think sometimes it's too dismissed, and blown off as if we could always have joy if we focus on good. And I do believe that is true. But sometimes we also need to acknowledge and address the deep-seated grief that we have; that we carry. Many don't know what to say. Many say cliche's that can sound so stand-off-ish, or a way to try to show comfort either because they don't know what else to say, or because they are uncomfortable to discuss it any further.
It's ok to grieve. It's ok to feel emptiness inside. We forget that it's a part of our human existence. We forget that Jesus in His humanness also experienced this, himself.
Yes, we can find joy in our God, but we also will experience sadness and loss in life, and it's ok, and even better to express it, instead of suppressing it. There are people who can help with this. There are friends who will walk with you. God is also with us, even though it's hard to acknowledge at times. But He is. He loves us all, no matter what background, preferences, no matter who we are. He made us, and loves us just as we are. He meets us there.
We may see Him in our friend that talks with us, a parent or child, a kind word, a reading, in the woods, on the shore, in the song of a bird, in our furry loved ones.
It's ok to be sad, and to grieve. Take your time. We have a lifetime. But try to see some of God in it, to help walk you through this journey of life.
Know you are loved.
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Enjoy... and may peace surround you and move through you as you rest tonight.