Many people will quote during time of loss that, "Time heals all wounds.” If I had a dollar for every time someone has said that to me over the past several years, I’d have racks of bills in front of me. In the past ten years, I’ve faced the loss of five members of my family. Today is the ninth year of my beloved Father's passing and through clouds of disbelief and sorrow, I watched my love ones pass on. With each loss, well-meaning people offered cliches such as the one mentioned above. Brace yourself, for I’m going to say something that may shock many of you. Time does not heal.
The passage of days does not guarantee comfort or healing. The emotional wounds caused by loss will not dissipate on their own. But don’t despair. There is hope in the midst of mourning. If there is one thing I have learned during this season in my life it is this: God heals all wounds. According to Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Notice it says will, not might or could or ought or any other vague remark. God will comfort those of us whose hearts are breaking over the loss of a loved one. On those days when I feel the overwhelming crush of grief and despair, I can cling to this assurance from my Heavenly Father.
Yes, loss is overwhelming, scary, and life changing. But God has said in His word, that He will soothe our pain-filled hearts. Open yourself to God. He loves you and promises to do what no amount of time can ever accomplish: the restoration of a wounded, grieving soul. If you are experiencing grief over the loss of someone in your life, pray as I did many days to our Heavenly Father to heal your grieving and aching heart.
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