"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as are of an contrite spirit." Psalm 34:68
Loss...is something that we will all experience. Although loss of any kind is difficult, the loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things we can face in this life. If you have not yet experienced loss, rest assured, you will. Nothing in our life is more certain than this. We all come into the world through birth, and we will all leave through death. This part has always been the part I am most uncomfortable with. It is the part I do not look forward to. But who looks forward to loss?
Two coworkers recently experienced loss. There is always this deafening silence in these moments. Wanting so badly to rewind time and somehow change things. So desperate for things to go back to how they were before the moment you knew.
Why does this happen? Why do we have to experience loss of loved ones? To answer with, "Its just a part of life", seems cliche and empty. I need more. What do you say to a grieving person? And what do you say to yourself when you experience it?
I supposed we cannot truly appreciate life without death. We cannot truly appreciate those in our lives without knowing that there is an end time for all of us. We do not carry this thought with us daily as a burden, however, we carry this thought as a reminder to love and love big.
But what does God say about it? There is an answer for everything in the scriptures. I mean, the Bible is God inspired. And God is the creator of the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. So what does He say? I searched and searched and prayed for revelation about it. The only passage that I came across was in Psalm 34:68. I am not sure why people have to die and why we have to lose our loved ones or experience loss. I do know that as the passage states, God is near us when we are brokenhearted. Contrite according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary means those that are feeling or showing sorrow or remorse.
So although we may never know why we experience loss, we can take comfort in knowing that God is with us, and He cares for us. He is our comforter (Jeremiah 8:18), and He will walk with us through the pain.