Resources on Grief

How can you break free from the grip of grief?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 4, 2018

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know the aching emptiness of grief. Often the pain is beyond measure – an overwhelming and profound sadness that words can barely begin to describe.

If you’ve walked this dark valley, then I’m sure you can relate to these words from someone who found herself sinking under the pain of bereavement.

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21 ESV)

I’m sure these words are familiar to you. They were spoken to Jesus by His close friend Martha following the death of her dear brother, Lazarus. And they reveal to us the painful questions of a grieving heart...

            “I thought you loved me, Jesus.”

                        “Why didn’t you do something, Lord?”

                                    “Were you not able to answer my cry for help?”

Perhaps you recognize the cry of your own heart in Martha’s heartfelt plea. If so, then you need to cling to the promises of God that will pour healing balm on your wounds of grief.

Here are two truths to help heal your hurting heart:

First, God understands your pain even when you feel like no one could ever know what you’re going through. As Isaiah 53:3 says, “He was…a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”

Second, God will hold you firm even when you feel like you’re sinking in the storms of grief. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Friend, remember that God longs to lift you up – no matter how deep the abyss of pain seems to be. So cling to His Word. In...

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How to break free when grief won’t let go
By Jack Graham | July 5, 2017

C. S. Lewis was plunged into the depths of grief after the death of his wife. He wrote, “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” Grief can feel that way – beyond measure, with no clear beginning and no end in sight.

But as believers, we know we’ll see our Christian loved ones again in heaven. What a glorious promise!

But how do you deal with the pain of loss right now?

Here are some biblical truths to help you move through that overwhelming sadness in a healthy way – so you get better, not bitter:

First, remember God is with you.

Sometimes, in our lowest moments, we’re so focused on what we’re feeling that we don’t look up and recognize God’s presence. But the truth is, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Your loving heavenly Father will help you, hold you close, and dry every tear.

Second, let good grief do its healing work.

Grieving the loss of a loved one is normal, natural, and helpful for healing your emotions.

Good grief is calling out to God when you hurt – but then steadying yourself with God’s promises. Remind yourself of His love, His grace, and His power daily.

Soak in David’s words in Psalm 62:8, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”

Don’t let your grief keep a paralyzing grip on you. As you turn to God and His Word for comfort and healing, He will fill your heart with the hope of heaven!

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