PEACE IN THE FACE OF GRIEF

When I received the news of the death of a colleague’s relative, I had a sinking feeling. He was all of 37 years and left behind a young widow and a daughter of two. He had been battling with tumors in the brain for the last 4-5 years. He had firm faith in God and was a fighter. Everyone was praying for his recovery – for a miracle. But, God in His divine wisdom chose to do what is best.

There was not a dry eye at his funeral service. But, there was peace too! Peace – because there was hopehope that death is not the end of life, that death does not separate us from our loved ones forever and that we would meet our loved ones again after our journey here on earth is over.

Grief is a normal response to the death of a loved one. I’m sure all of us have experienced the death of loved ones in some form or the other. Most of us would not like to recall that phase of grieving. But what if you had the hope of meeting the dead person again? What if you had the assurance that the person has gone to a much better place? Would you still beat your chests and weep as if all is lost?

“What no eye has seen,

What no ear has heard,

And what no human mind has conceived” –

the things God has prepared

for those who love him.

Imagine going to reside in a place of unfathomable beauty, peace and joy! No sorrow, no pain, no hunger and no strife; only eternal bliss and continual joy. Is this not the state of affairs we all so badly want in this world? So, then if we have the assurance of a loved one going to such a place, should we not rejoice instead? The idea may sound a bit weird to many. But, this is the level to which we all need to rise.

We all will lose our dear ones to death and our dear ones will lose us to death. No matter how many health insurance policies we avail – none can sustain us for eternity. No matter how many financial security measures we put in place for our loved ones, they will still miss our presence. But, the hope and assurance of meeting again and spending eternity with each other gives peace and solace to the aching heart. And this is not unexplainable peace – it is peace explained! For those who love God and have put their trust in Him and in His eternal plans can only experience this peace in the midst of heart-wrenching grief.

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