All tagged grief devotionals

Perhaps this time of life-altering sorrow is one in which you are starting to think more theologically than you have in the past—or maybe you are revisiting and testing your already-held theological assumptions. Though your pain may have propelled this new urgency for examining your beliefs, I want to suggest that you not begin your theological paths of reasoning and study with the thoughts and questions surrounding your sorrow.

Does the world, its decay and depravity, feel heavy to you today? Think of the sun that warms the world with its heat—it warms you now too. Our God lives, and His glory is still around us. Colossians tells us that He sustains it all: “For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). He sustains you, even in every strained inhale and exhausted exhale, even when breaths are sobs and eyes yield tears. He sustains your baby’s life this minute too—a heavenly life enjoying God’s glory in person.

On this earth, you and I who are believers in Christ, are sojourners, strangers, exiles, resident aliens, and pilgrims. Do you feel like you do not belong here? I do. Our permanent address and citizenship is in heaven. Still, we will see later in 1 Peter 1:8-9 that being residents of heaven does not mean that the experience of joy is only reserved for that future place. But for now, we can take heart that if we long to follow our babies to the place of their and our citizenship, we are right to do so. For this is not only a longing of our hearts, but a part of who we are because of Christ. Those who have gone ahead of us remind us of our future home.