Resurrected Living
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Quotes on Grief and Grieving

“When we feel the hammers of life beating on our heads or on our hearts, we can know – we must know – that Jesus is here with us, taking our blows.  Every tear we shed becomes his tear.  He may not yet wipe them away, but he makes them his.  Would we rather have our own dry eyes, or his tear-filled ones?  He came.  He is here.  That is the salient fact.  If he does not heal all our broken bones and loves and lives now, he comes into them and is broken, like bread, and we are nourished.  And he shows us that we can henceforth use our very brokenness as nourishment for those we love.”  Peter Kreeft

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”  Helen Keller

“We grieve because we loved…”  Zonnebelt Smeenge & Robert C. De Vries

“I do not believe God causes our losses for a purpose, but I do believe that God will be with us to find healing and purpose out of our losses and struggles.  I believe God weeps with us in our pain and losses.”  Tim VanDuivendyk

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Matt. 5:4

“Writing cheerful graffiti on the rocks in the valley of deep shadows is no substitution for companionship with the person who must walk in the shadows.”  Eugene Peterson

“To regard grief as somehow unworthy of a Christian who believes in the resurrection is to forget the example of Christ who was so often ‘moved with compassion,’ who wept at his loss of Lazarus and prayed the longer in his agony.  We cannot short-circuit human processes; we have to give the experience time to come home to us before it can become a motive for hope and a promise of fuller life…Grief is only unchristian if it is wholly self-centered or if we never emerge from it.”  Maria Boudling

“I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”  Jeremiah 31:13

Father, thank you for knowing I cannot
Bear this grief alone.
Others try but they cannot
Keep my faith from stumbling;
Only you can
Carry me gently
Through the days and nights

Randy Becton

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