The holidays bring joy, happiness, stress, and eventually back to happiness. For some, the holidays, and other times of the year, bring grief and sadness of loss. Grief comes in many forms. We often think that it is from death, but there are other things that hurt, that feel like death. Divorce, moves, miscarriages, the loss of a friendship; there are other things that cause us grief. Sometimes, those grief moments overtake us. Even if your event isn’t on this list or you don’t describe what you feel as grief, sadness too, is painful. Grief has no time table, it comes and goes as it pleases. Sometimes it comes in waves, sometimes it sprinkles, and sometimes it’s only a memory. No matter what it’s from or how it presents itself, it’s painful.
Pain, sadness, and grief cause so many things. Our behavior, our reactions, and our decisions can be affected by those feelings we have. Whatever it is that you face, it’s important to remember God’s words to us. (Psalm 147:3-6), “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts then number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.”
Even in our sadness, God has comfort for us. We don’t have to think about or approach him as a super hero to come in and make it better. We can approach him as our father, one who longs to make things right, one who desires to take the pain for us. When we’re happy, when we’re sad, when things are right, and when things are wrong; He desires us. He desires that relationship where we need Him, seek Him, speak to Him, praise Him, thank Him, and cry to Him. In the relationship He brings comfort, wisdom, healing of our hurt heart, and excitement for our happiness.
Here’s what follows in Psalms 147: 7, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God.”
In our hurt and sorrow, thankfulness to Him helps us to focus on things above our pain. It doesn’t mean the pain doesn’t exist, it means we choose to focus on things other than just our pain while we work through the process of healing.
Before you continue reading, take just a second to calm yourself, clear your mind, and read the verses in Psalm 147 as God speaking to you.
Psalm 147:3-6 (altered)
3 I heal your broken heart
And bind up your wounds.
4 I count the number of the stars;
I call them all by name.
5 Great is your Lord, and mighty in power;
My understanding is infinite.
6 I lift up the humble;
I cast the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing to your Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to your God
Your pain, your feelings are just that, pain and feelings. They are not right or wrong, they just are. Your choice is your thankfulness in the midst of those feelings. Hear his voice, read his words, they are for you in your situation. You are loved, you are cared for, you are treasured in your great moments, in your weak moments, in your happiness, and in your pain. You are loved.
Gracious, loving God, thank you that you are my God. Thank you that you love me even in my mess. Thank you that you love everyone who is reading this, and of course, those who are not! Please bring peace to every reader, comfort to every heart, and the heart knowledge to know that you are here for us. Thank you for the way you love us. Thank you for the way you care and provide. Thank you.