“In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life”
~ Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
I immediately flip this when I read these words – and see it from the perspective that God is saying them to me.
I know He has helped to bear my grief because I think I might have just tipped over the edge for good, more than once had I had to carry it all myself. Sometimes the ache is so deep if I didn’t have a safe place to run I don’t know if I would make it.
Grief over watching my son walk & sometimes crawl through hell & back.
Grief over lost relationships I had high hopes of.
Grief over losing my parents, my brother to suicide.
Grief over my own stupid decisions that I couldn’t turn back from.
I know I share in a community of many who have been through the same & far worse.
Grief is grief is grief. We should never compare our pain to anyone’s as though ours is superior. It is all relative.
We all navigate it in our own way. There is no formula & telling someone to “just move on” isn’t ever a good choice. We need to show compassion & leave judgment where it belongs.
I am so thankful we have Jesus.
To run to, to cry to, to lean on, to Love & receive Love from.
For some He is a pie in the sky, but those folks have never encountered Him as those of us who have, have. I pray they will. Every last one.
Hallelujah Lord. Where would we be without You?
Thank you for the priceless gifts of Faith,. Hope, Mercy, Grace & Love. We praise You & lift You high above these things that hold us down. You are worthy of so much more than we could ever muster in our frailty.
In Jesus’ Wild & Wonderful name,
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…
(image courtesy of thegospelcoalition.org)