We grieve with hope

Yesterday I helped a friend grieve and say goodbye to a son he never got to hold. He and his wife lost a little boy about 12 weeks into the pregnancy. His name is Benjamin James.

Benjamin is face to face with our Creator but my friend and his wife are walking through a valley darker than any they’ve ever experienced. And it sucks!

This is not how God intended life to be. That’s why He’s busy creating a new place for us to be with Him forever. A place without death or suffering or tears. But until that day comes we endure some serious heartache.

The Apostle Paul tells us that all of creation is groaning under the strain of a fallen, broken world.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. ~ Romans 8:18-22 (NLT)

Seasons of suffering, like what my friends Brian and Karen are going through right now, add to the groaning mentioned here by Paul. But no matter how deep our sorrow runs, God’s grace runs deeper… and wider… and stronger.

So for now, we grieve with hope and wait for the day when God’s glory will make it all fade away.

With Hope by Steven Curtis Chapman was shared as part of the memorial service for Benjamin.

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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Filed under Brokenness, Glory of God, Grief, Heaven, Hope, Suffering

2 responses to “We grieve with hope

  1. A moving post. My wife and I went through a similar experience 28 years ago. Still now, every April 16, God and I have a “conversation”. In some ways we don’t want the pain to go away as it diminishes the memory. There is a healthy pain – the pain of a young son who is gone to be God but who we miss. Please pass on our love to your friends and remind them that when they get to heaven there will be someone there to greet them!

    • I am so sorry for your loss but so appreciate your perspective on it in regard to the eternal scope of life. What a great insight on “healthy pain.” I will certainly pass on your love! Thank you so much!

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