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Are you struggling? Are you going through a tough time? This week on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau", Luis shares biblical wisdom and encouragement to help you where you’re at. You won’t want to miss the uplifting and truth-filled messages this week! Listen in!
Job was a biblical figure who God tested over and over again. God allowed everything that Job loved to be taken from him, so Job was moved to grief. His friends didn’t know how to help him. So what did they do? The Bible says, “And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.” All they could do was sit with their friend as he grieved.
Sometimes words are not helpful in the face of grief. Some griefs are too deep to be expressed. A godly friend who can sit with someone in the midst of that grief can bring the comfort of Jesus. This can be better than providing any words. Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest, once said, “The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.”
Words are easy to say, but sometimes silence is louder. In the silence, pray loudly in your heart. Use the silence as a time to approach God with requests for comfort and joy for your friend. God will hear your prayer, and your friend will feel your presence. Then, when your friend is ready to talk, you will be there to provide God’s comfort in that time of grief.This is Luis Palau.
C.S. Lewis is one of the great Christian writers of the last century. He wrote many books, including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Mere Christianity. A lesser-known book of his is called A Grief Observed. In it, he talks about the death of his beloved wife.
In this very honest book, Lewis describes his grief as “an amputation.” He means the loss of his wife is something that he can survive, but he will never be the same. The pain of the lost limb or lost loved one will always be there, aching in the background of life.
Many of us have lost someone we care about, either suddenly or over a long while. I can relate to this because my dad passed away when I was just 10 years old. Some of us are grieving other losses: the loss of a job, a relationship, or a dream. Maybe someone is grieving the loss of a limb. Grief is a painful part of life, just as joy is a lovely part of life. And just as Christ celebrates with us when we are joyful, he grieves with us when we are overcome with pain. Remember, Jesus wept with his friends over the loss of Lazarus. He showed us what it looks like when the Psalmist writes, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Jesus is there with us in our pain, and he will help us learn to live life again.
This is Luis Palau.