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Devotional 07/14/2017

by Terry Trainor on 07/14/17

Most of you have experienced grief at sometime in your life. If you have not, then you are very young and very blessed, and should begin to build that ability within yourself to deal with it when it does arrive, because you absolutely WILL deal with grief in your life on this earth; it is part of the package.
Author Edgar Jackson described grief this way:

Grief is a young widow trying to raise her three children, alone. Grief is the man so filled with shocked uncertainty and confusion that he strikes out at the nearest person. Grief is a mother walking daily to a nearby cemetery to stand quietly and alone a few minutes before going about the tasks of the day. She knows that a part of her is in the cemetery, just as part of her is in her daily work. Grief is silent, knife-like terror and sadness that comes a hundred times a day, when you start to speak to someone who is no longer there. Grief is the emptiness that comes when you eat alone after eating with another for many years. Grief is teaching yourself to go to bed without saying good night to the one who has died. Grief is the helpless wishing that things were different when you know they are not and never will be again. Grief is a whole cluster of adjustments, apprehensions, and uncertainties that strike life in its forward progress and make it difficult to redirect the energies of life. 

The Word of God tells us that the Lord is here with us to deliver us from grief:

Psalms 34:17-19 (KJV);
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”

And it tells us that God will treat the wounds, and heal them!

Psalms 147:3 (KJV);
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

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