Especially when someone dies suddenly or much too young, we tend to feel vulnerable. The world no longer feels as safe. Death has heightened our awareness that we cannot control everything in our lives or count on others always being there. We also face our own mortality.
We can move toward healing by expressing any anxieties and considering what has helped us face our fears in the past. We ultimately can find peace in God, who cares about everything that concerns us. God does not promise that we won’t experience pain and loss, but He does offer us strength and peace through His presence. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,” Jesus told his friends as he faced his own death. “I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27, NIV).
The world tries to offer us comfort and assurance; Jesus–who experienced death, came back to life, and offers us eternal life–provides true peace as we draw close to Him.
To find additional spiritual comfort, consider Finding Comfort in God’s Embrace. General insights into grief and suggestions for healing are available in Doses of Comfort. Both resources are available at Amazon.com.