Sometimes words just aren't enough.
Not enough to express the pain and sorrow.
Not enough to convey the fear, the worry.
What words are sufficient to cancel out the agony of cancer? The utter destruction of another hurricane? Unexplained, unexpected illness? Sudden loss? Violence and murder?
What words have the strength to shoulder the burden of an aching heart?
What words can calm the storm of life? What words can anchor wild emotions in the safest harbor?
Not my words, that's for sure.
I can't pretend to know your struggle, friend. I don't.
I might not feel the weight you carry, or the sting of your battle wounds,
but I know someone who does.
Where my sympathy and care are lacking, his will fill you up.
Where my encouragement and love seem shallow, his will reach your deepest hurt.
Where my words aren't enough, his will sustain you until the end.
His name is Jesus, and this is what he says to you...
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all." Psalms 34:18-19
"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grown weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:28-31
"...fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
Take heart, dear one.
While we ache here on this earth, while we stand desperate, inches away from disaster, or helpless, miles away, be reminded of something.
Feel the pain, let the tears fall, but let that desire for everything to just be okay give you hope.
This world feels backwards and wrong in every possible way, because it is. Our souls were not created for this twisted way of life.
I think C.S. Lewis captured it perfectly:
"The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can't supply is proof that Heaven must be our home."
And that's why we do not grieve in the same way as those who have no hope.
We grieve, yes. How could we not in a world like this?
But we grieve while standing, kneeling, clinging to, or even falling on the words of Jesus and the hope of heaven.
So again, take heart, dear one.
Jesus Christ has overcome this world and all the terrible things in it.
He will give you rest in the here and now, and in eternity.
He is near to you in your brokenness. He hears and understands.
He will sustain you through the fire.