Grief is a constant part of life, although a part we don’t like to talk about much. We grieve loss in many areas but certainly the most profound and deepest grief is to lose a loved one. And when that loved one is a child the sorrow is unspeakable. As people of faith we too grieve and mourn the insane violence and loss of life that has thrust many families, a whole community and an entire nation into a season of deepest and profound sadness. And although our hearts and emotions suffer through this time, as believers in Christ, we grieve with hope. Our faith is made more real as we cling to God not necessarily for answers but for a trust that believes that ultimately in heaven. In heaven there will be justice, the wrongs will be made right and in a supernatural way we can’t understand, our tears will be wiped a way. A glimpse into this heaven is when Job in all his suffering had an encounter with God, and suddenly it was enough. We won’t have that answer here on earth but the hope of heaven is everything when our hearts are so broken.
In that picture of hope we visualize all those children running into Jesus arms.
The parents of a child who was born with many birth defects and physical suffering shared with me that what helps them to cope and stay away from depression is to serve others and they do so beautifully in many circumstances. Their faith is made real for they do more than intellectually say “we believe,” they demonstrate hope by investing in the lives of others.
In this horrific season of grief, we do well to imitate this families example, and through our questions, struggle with grief and hurt, seek to touch another life, uplift someone else and serve someone in Jesus name who can’t return the favor.