This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
Today I am thinking about sudden loss.
Ever since I learned about the tragic deaths of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the seven other passengers aboard that helicopter, I cannot stop thinking about the inconceivable pain their surviving loved ones must be experiencing. Loss at any level is never easy to endure, but sudden loss can be especially painful to overcome.
When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the loss of King Uzziah. He was one of the most beloved leaders of all time in Judah. Because he served for almost fifty years, he was the only leader that many of Judah’s citizens had ever known. So, they were very concerned about their futures and what life would be like without King Uzziah.
I think the same can be true for us in our family lives. When we lose a parent or spouse or sibling, they are the only parent or spouse or sibling that we’ve ever known, so we worry about what the new dynamic will be and how we will adjust to what the future holds.
God understood what the people of Judah were feeling, so He reminded Isaiah to let them know that He was ultimately in control of Judah and that He would be the one to take care of their needs. In the same way, He knows what we feel when we endure loss, and He is taking care of us too.
Therefore, in times of loss, let us remember these words: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
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So today, grieve in His arms.
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