Is Grieving Strength or Weakness?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Blog, Comfort, Grief Relief, Ministry

I actually viewed the grieving process as a weakness before my first wife died.  I’m not sure why.  But that was changed drastically the minute I watched her take her last breath.

Since then I have been made aware of many of the human traits Jesus demonstrated.  One of those was grief.  Several times in the Gospels it is recorded that Jesus wept and was sorely distressed at the news of His good friend Larazus’ death.  Then again, when Jesus hears the news that John the Baptist had been killed he gets in a boat and goes off to be alone.  He went apart to grieve alone this time.  So, if grieving is something Jesus did as a man, I guess it is OK for me to experience it without feeling inferior.

I have also realized that many people do tend to look down on those who are grieving as if they have stooped to an out of control inferior state.  This is not true.  It is a normal and even healthy response to loss.  We can help them better if we see it this way.

Respectfully,

David Knapp

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