I noticed on Facebook a comment that made me stop and think. It was a condolence message saying, “May your memories be your comfort.” It is a beautiful sentiment. Our memories help us through the intense loss of a loved one. Keeping those memories alive is a tribute to the one gone and a way to help us cope.
There is another source of comfort that can help lighten the burden of grief. That source is our Heavenly Father, God of all mercy and comfort. There is no loss to which He cannot relate as He gave up His own Son. When one is experiencing the pain of loss, no one else can possibly feel that same pain, regardless of how similar the circumstances may be. But our God of comfort knows and understands. Jesus, as our High Priest, is touched by our grief and all we are feeling (Heb. 4:15).
This verse has been put to the test by my own grief having just lost my Dad. I do know He is faithful and true. At the very moment of Dad’s passing, it was the middle of the night in France. The Lord woke me up for almost two hours and during that time, an old hymn ran through my mind over and over again. “Does Jesus care? I know He cares. His heart is touched with my grief. When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.” He has been my source of comfort in times of loss, and He will be again.
Thank you Lord, for being my constant comfort.