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The news hit my family like an earthquake. My aunt had passed away due to COVID-19. She battled the virus for two months in the hospital but only continued to decrease in health.
How do I handle deep, overwhelming, grief like that? Yet, when I look around, I realize I’m not the only one. Friends all across the globe have lost jobs, opportunities, security, trips long-awaited and saved for, income, celebrations. The list goes on and on. We are all in a season of grief. We’ve all lost something, and we worry that we may lose even more. So how do we walk through grief in a healthy way? How do we even grieve? How do we invite God into something we can hardly explain?
The truth is, He’s already in it.
So we’ll start there—knowing that God is with you in your grieving. He is not far away. He sits with you and weeps with you.
This looks different in each one of us, but seek what is helpful for you to process through the emotions you’re feeling during this time. This could be a long walk or bike ride, journaling, baking, a long shower, a nap, playing music, singing to a song, or making yourself a good cup of coffee.
What do you know of God’s character? What does the Bible say about who He is? When our emotions are unraveled, we only have to simply look at the Living Truth, His Word, to remind ourselves of who God has promised Himself to be. We remind ourselves of the promises He has given us. And, even through tears and sobs, we remind ourselves that His plan is good because we know it to be true. We know, deep within us, that He is trustworthy, and that the dreams and desires He gave us are still there.
Let it out with God. Seriously, He knows your heart. He’s heard it and He understands, so don’t be afraid or hold back what God already knows. Pour it out. Sit with Him in prayer. Bring all that you’re feeling deep down out into the light, and ask God to trade His burden for yours. Invite Him to help you release all that you’ve been holding inside.
Quiet yourself with God. Quiet your soul, and focus your eyes on His. Recite certain passages from the Bible that prove helpful to you. A few good ones are Psalm 23 or Psalm 149. Put aside all distractions, technology, and lists. Find a quiet place for just you and Him, and allow yourself to simply soak in His presence, let His words wash over you, and His Spirit renew yours.
I honor the life of my aunt. I honor the lives of my family. I honor the things I’ve had to leave behind, and what I’ve missed out on. I thank you, God, for what you’ve done in my heart during this time. I trust that you’re working in me, for things I have yet to see.
I believe you’re going to bring beauty out of ashes and brokenness because you’ve told me so. I believe you’re taking care of my family, of my friends, of everything that we’ve lost. I thank you that I can never lose you. That you are my comforter, healer, protector, and Father. I release my grief to you. I know it won’t just disappear, and I don’t want it to, but I know you’re going to walk through it with me and you will carry me through the storm.
God is with you. Rest in that today. We as the Body of Christ are with you in this. We grieve with you, and we rejoice with you. We know God is at work in your life.
Are you experiencing a season of grief? Here are a few worship resources we recommend as you journey through this season with God: