Many of us have experienced losses in our lives. Through the grieving process we feel alone and unsure of ourselves. This is where the enemy can come in to discourage and disillusion us and prevent us from reaching our destiny. I’m not just talking to “church folks”, I’m talking to everyone. God is able to give you “the peace of God which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
I experienced a series of devastating losses. Within a 3-year period I lost my husband to Parkinson’s disease, my father-in-law to old age and my youngest daughter to stage 4 breast cancer. The devil was seeking to devour me but as I sought God for strength and peace, he told me that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
God wants us to be joined and connected to a body of believers to receive a timely word to help us through our grief. Because I was joined and connected to my church, and the teaching and preaching of my Pastors, I found the strength to walk through many losses in my life.
As I sought God for the Joy that I needed to get through the weeping, His word told me, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). I prayed to God to give me joy during the sting of loss. As I prayed, I heard God say, “Praise Me”. I’ve learned to praise him during the storm. My Pastors and church family prayed for me and kept me encouraged and comforted.
Even though I miss my loved ones and long to see them, I know that they are resting and that I have a purpose in life. My purpose is to “Please God”! This means, read His word and do His will.
This grieving process would have gone another way had it not been for God who kept my mind, my decision to seek salvation and get connected to a covering (my church).
BY MAE AVERY