What is there to gain from grief?
With grief that follows death, we enter into suffering in a small way what the Father experienced upon the death of his son in a big way. We feel the oppression from the weight of the separation between heaven and hell, between the curse of death and the glory of eternity in heaven. We mourn the trials and affliction ahead on the road through life without our loved one.
Grieving doesn't deny the goodness or the mercy or the trustworthiness of God. With the depth and agony of these sufferings, we grasp more assuredly the truths of the Scripture.
Death is the ultimate separation. How sad it is that so many of us experience lesser separations from loved ones here, sometimes through emotional alienation, sometimes by way of physical estrangement. We can take comfort from the wisdom of God in these circumstances as well.
The importance of grieving and mourning was explored by the Mortification of Spin team in their November 30, 2016, podcast. How does the church tend to obfuscate these realities with our appropriation of the culture's ideas about death and life? Todd Pruitt, Aimee Byrd and Carl Trueman discuss, along with Liam Golightly as a guest. Go here to listen.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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