Surprised by Grief

Lamentations 3:32

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

I recently took my husband’s ashes back to the church he loved for a funeral and burial. It has been 17 plus months since his death and I was fine during the funeral, visiting with friends, and previous loved places. After returning to my current home I was surprised to be overwhelmed with grief. Not something I expected.

God does not wish sorrow and pain upon us. He wants only the best for us and knows when overwhelming grief has brought us to out knees. The grief he brings to us is in the cleansing wash of tears and the compassionate love of his presence with us. We grieve because we loved. He grieves with us.


To know the guidance of God’s Spirit, you need to be still and silent. In the cadence of your day, create some enclosures of silence where you pause and breathe and are really present to God’s presence.-

Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

It is so easy to slip into each day and let it take us where it will. It is easy to keep moving from one itinerary to another. It is so easy to forget to stop and take time to sit in silence and let God be present with you. We just don’t stop all we do and just open ourselves to God’s presence.

Stop, wait, listen and let God speak.

Life is a Challenge

In the past two years plus I have had many challenges. Life has not been easy. In reality the whole world has faced much pain, grief and fear. Yet, through all of this I have felt a support holding me. For God promises that through everything that we face we can know that his support is there. He reminds us of this in one of the most favorite Psalms.

Psalm 23: 4

Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.