Connecting with God in Grief
How do you turn to God when your heart is torn? He seems so far away and you’re not really sure what role God has played in this tragedy anyway?
Whose side is God on? How we perceive God has everything to do with whether we turn to him in times of sorrow and grief. If God is the one who has caused our grief, chances are we won’t take comfort in him. Yet perhaps suffering is something that happens to all humans and God is there to see us through it. The last part of Hebrews 13:5 says “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (NIV) God isn’t pulling away from you, he is drawing close. In your imagination sense him right next to you listening to your broken heart.
Try connecting with God in different ways. Talk to Him when you take a long walk, lift your pain to him while listening to music. If tears have replaced thoughts in your mind, read prayers that others have written. Psalm 31, 40, 46 are great scriptural places to start.
Being alone may be the last thing you want. However, if you take quiet time with God in a way that works for you, you are truly not alone. Let God wrap you in a healing blanket of love. You may not sense or feel anything, but be patient; grief makes a lot of noise in our minds. The purpose of being with God is to turn over the heavy burden of loss and sorrow. Keep the ears of your heart open. You may begin to hear the melody of hope.