Insights on Coping with Pain and Suffering

Insights on Coping with Pain and Suffering

Day 40 of 40

When We Lose People We Love

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” —Deuteronomy 31:8

My sister died when she was twenty-seven of complications with a chronic condition she was diagnosed with at age eighteen. Her condition escalated and she was rushed into surgery. My wife, our three-year-old and nine-day-old sons, and I rushed to the hospital. My prayer was that God would heal her and bring her through the surgery. She died that evening in surgery. I can’t explain why God didn’t heal her; other patients facing grave circumstances survived that night. But what I can tell you is that God was with us through the whole process.

Three doctors came in to the waiting room to tell us of her death. One doctor was so upset that he couldn’t talk; he only cried. The two others were also tearful and explained all they had tried to do. They were all obviously heartbroken at not being able to save her. Their compassion moved us—it was evident that they had cared for her.

God never abandoned us as we faced the difficult task of adjusting to life without her presence. The comfort we found was in knowing that she knew God and that he had prepared a place in heaven for her, though we continue to miss her.

Consider This:

  • Have you lost loved ones?
  • How have you dealt with their death?
  • What is it you need from God to help you as you grieve?        
  • Do you believe that you have had the opportunity to grieve?

Take Action:

In order to grieve effectively, we need the opportunity to express the thoughts and emotions associated with our grief. Talk with someone about your grief. It can be healing to discuss it.

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