Grief: Finding comfort in the promise of everlasting life

By From the Heart | Geralyn Nathe-Evans | Together We Journey

May 20

“I am the Resurrection and the Life”, says the Lord.

These are the words that we, as Easter people, may take comfort. These are the words we celebrate during these 50 days of our Easter Season. I hope you continue to find or may have already found comfort in these words of our Savior.

Jesus made this promise to Martha when she was engulfed with grief, following the death of her brother. Martha took comfort in these words of Jesus who is our Messiah. I also find comfort in this promise of eternal life.

I recognize from my experiences that when my grief is profound and interfaces with our day-to-day lives, sadness may dominate my life. I recognize that at the time of death of a beloved, a finality may overwhelm and the feeling devastating. While in my mind I may believe in the resurrection, the immediate absence of the ones I love may remain heavy on my mind and heart.

In the days, months and years following the death of our beloved, sadness may remain. I have found that my own sadness tends to ebb and flow. Sadness does not negate my faith in the resurrection. The sorrow and sadness of grief honors my reality. My life here on earth without those who are beloved and gone hurts.

We may find peace, and at times, the joy of the resurrection that is recognized as we live the routines of life. The emotions of our experiences weave themselves together like a tapestry. We reconcile our life following the death of loved ones as we face each day without them living here on earth. We can indeed learn how to live with great loss as well as finding comfort, hope and trust in the resurrection.

In these 50 days of celebrating the resurrection of Christ and the promise of everlasting life, I wish you hope and peace. I pray that in some way, you will find some consolation in your grief and comfort in the promise of everlasting life.

Believe n love, Geralyn

Geralyn Nathe-Evans has been called to the vocations of wife, mom, Lay Ecclesial Minister, nurse and friend.

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Mike Kjelland May 20, 2019

You have written very comforting words, and words to help us re-affirm our faith Jesus and our gift of eternal life. Yes, the loss of a loved one certainly hurts, and to be anchored in faith is a wonderful gift.

    Geralyn May 28, 2019

    Thank you Mike. Yes, you have faith and believe in a a God and eternal life is of Greta comfort. Thank you for affirming the gift.

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