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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

God’s Gift in Grief

It is not good to navigate grief, nor face trials all on our own. God gives us people to walk beside us and keep watch. Though our first and foremost resource is our Heavenly Father, He created us to need people too. In the glory of His goodness, He allows people to be His hands, heart and voice. Jesus in us, makes Christ tangible to others, when we are faithful friends who do life with one another.

This morning, as I read further in Matthew, something stood out to me in a new way. “Then He said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” – (Matthew 26:38) Though Jesus, who was fully God, did not need to have people with Him, He wanted to have friends near Him in His hour of need to keep watch, as He knew what He would soon endure. If the God of all creation wants to keep friends near when trials come, how much more should we desire the same? We are relational creatures, created to be in relationship with God and with people. We must do both to obey the greatest command: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” – (Luke 10:27, also Mt 22:37, Mk 12:30)

God’s greatest gift,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

in the face of grief;

His heart made known,

friendship’s sweet relief.

For we are called,

to love people well;

as Christ loves us,

our actions do tell.

To walk beside,

through the good and bad;

grants glimpses of,

our Heavenly Dad.

Seek Father first,

and let people in;

we are all made,

for sweet communion.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You created us to be relational people. Thank You that even Jesus, in His hour of need, wanted to have those closest to Him nearby. Though His priority was time with You, the nearness of friends was also good. Forgive us for the times that we isolate ourselves, not wanting to bother those who care about us and are a gift from You, and for the times that our priorities are out of order and we do not seek You first. Help us to know the balance. Teach us how to seek You first, and to know when to reach out, and when we are meant to sit in Your presence on our own for a time. Thank You that You love us so well. May we be a blessing to those around us, as we choose to love as we are loved. May many come to know You as their Redeemer and Friend. Be glorified in our love for You and for those around us. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

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3 responses

  1. A very needed word today Shannon, thank you, we are burying a friend in a few hours and while I know she is in a much better place, she will be missed! God bless you!

    November 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Patricia,
    Visit my friends blog at Christian Resource Ministry (http://christianresourceministry.com/), I know you will like it. She is a personal friend and very sweet. Brings a meal to my son and I every week or two, making his birthday cake has for a few years now,. If you like her site consider following.
    Bob A.

    November 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    • Thanks Bob A. and God bless you, I am already following, since she started blogging I believe!

      November 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm