“Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me *Mara, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me, I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has cause me to suffer and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?” Ruth 1:220-21, NLT [*Mara means bitter]
GRIEF CHANGE US
“I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty.” Grief and loss changes us from people who are full of hope and joy, to someone who is not.
The Beginning of the Grief Season
Who we are and how we see things change immediately after a loss. It is as if the world falls off its axis and you can’t keep balance in a world that no longer makes sense.
During the Season of Grief
How we see God is changes.
- Will He be the tyrant who did us wrong and caused such suffering, or will He become our source of strength,hope, and comfort?
- Will we be able to survive this, or possibly thrive in new ways through this?
Our perspective of our future changes.
- We had a plan and purpose before our loss, what will that look like now that my original plan and purpose is no longer and option?
Once the Season of Grief is Complete
Once the hard season of grief is over, we are not the same as we were before. We have a role to play in whether this change will be for the good or not. Our circumstances may be bitter, but we don’t have to be.
Dear God, As I mourn my losses, help me to also mourn the person I was and the hopes and dreams I had. As I release it all to You, please replace them with something beautiful. Help bitterness have no place in my heart and mind as I rely on you to carry me through. Bring hope in the areas that seem hopeless. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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