Grief: A Loved One Has Gone

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;

but the word of our God shall stand forever.”

Isaiah 40:8

Once again, I have to witness my son lose a friend. A good friend, classmate of his passed in his sleep last week and once again the funeral was filled with so many young people asking why. I remember when I was his young age, it only seemed like the people who died were ones who had lived many years, grandmas and grandpas. A lot of questions are asked about why such a thing has to happen to a young person who still has so much of his life left to live. It is hard for young people to understand that it is not God’s will to take a life. The grief of such loss remains deep and sharp with no solace in sight. 

On the day of the funeral it was not raining outside, but in our hearts it poured. I tried to share with my son God’s everlasting promise by thinking of the colors of a rainbow: 

Red, for his love;                                            

Orange, his warm healing and comfort; 

Yellow, the sun that will shine again; 

Green, his help for us to grow; 

Blue, his unending faithfulness; 

Indigo, we are children of the King; 

and Violet, a new song to return in his time. 

As we focus on His love and word, in time He will fill our void and loneliness and heal our pain.

Dear God, we all miss loved ones or friends that were once in our lives. Please grant us the energy to reach out to friends and family. Help me to accept the love they give as well as to give my love to them. Comfort and help me to find my way through all of this. Let me recall and cherish the good times and to let the bad memories go. Help me to accept that they are with Jesus now safely home in Heaven. In your son’s name, I pray.

Deanne Cruickshank

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