The Bible teaches unmistakably that we can triumph over bereavement. Working at a funeral home, I see a great amount of pain, loss, and hurt. The Psalmist said, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Self-pity can bring no enduring comfort. The fact is, it will only add to your misery. And unremitting grief will give you little consolation in itself, for grief begets grief. Sorrow, or mourning, when it is borne in a Christian way, contains a built-in comfort. “Happy are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” There is comfort in mourning, because we know that Christ is with us. He has said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Suffering is endurable if we do not have to bear it alone; and the more compassionate the Presence, the less acute the pain.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV)
We can be rest assured that though this life here on earth is not always easy to bear, the Lord will always be there for those who call upon Him in times of suffering. The psalmist says that the name of the Lord is a strong tower, and they that run in it shall be saved. When the storms rage, and the rain pours, the first thing we do is to run for shelter; this is no different than we are towards our Heavenly Father.
“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
When my mom passed in 2011, it was tragic and unexpected. As a Christian, was it painful? Yes of course. As a Christian was it hopeless? No definitely not. You see when we realize that A.) this is not our home, and B.) it rains on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45), we start to have a clear appreciation for the umbrella that is our God. He alone is our strength, and it is made perfect in our weakness.
And he said unto me my grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9