Losing a loved one hurts. Death may bring a welcomed end to the suffering caused by illness, but the loss of friendship and fellowship with someone who filled your life with love, laughter, and wonderful memories still leaves a sadness for what will be missed. My family has grieved the loss of two dear friends recently. And while death is part of the life cycle, that truth doesn’t lessen or remove the emotions of losing a loved one. If anything, that truth stirs up more feelings—reminding me to cherish everyone in my life, make amends where needed, and live like today is my last one.
The most important truth is we aren’t alone in our sorrow. Psalm 56:8 says God keeps track of our every toss and turn through sleepless nights and puts all our tears in a bottle. I don’t know about you, but I can’t comprehend the creator of the universe takes time to see, hear, and collect my tears, but he does. Even more reassuring, his love extends well beyond the initial grief. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” All we have to do is ask for his help in times of need.
On this cool, sunny Southern-fried Friday, I want to share a sunset we witnessed last week. A gorgeous reminder a life lived with God doesn’t end with the final breath. The radiance of eternity with him is even brighter.