9. Grief Takes Time and Permit Yourself Tears

Scripture: 2 Samuel 1

A breathless Amalekite with torn clothing and hair full of dirt stumbles into Camp Ziklag with the news: “The people have fled from the battle, many of the people are fallen and dead, and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also” (2 Samuel 1: 4).  When the messenger presents David with Saul’s crown and bracelet, David has undeniable proof – Saul and Jonathan are dead.

The grave stirs such unspeakable hurt and unanswerable questions, we are tempted to turn and walk.  Change the subject, avoid the issue.  Work hard.  Stay busy. Stay distant. Yet we pay a high price when we do.  

Upon hearing of the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, “David lamented” (2 Samuel 1:17).  Wailing warriors covered the hills, a herd of men walking, moaning, weeping, and mourning.  They tore clothing, pounded the ground, and exhaled hurt.  

Death amputates a limb of your life. Flush the hurt out of your heart, and when the hurt returns, flush it again.  Grief takes time.  Give yourself time.  Permit yourself tears.  God understands.  He knows the sorrow of a grave.  He buried his son.  But he also knows the joy of resurrection. And, by his power, you will too.

Reference:  Facing your giants:  God still does the impossible by Max Lucado

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