Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.23.14

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

Revelation 21:4 AMP

Pray
Father today I pray for every person mourning the passing and promotion of their loved one. I pray for those who have been struggling with this transition for years, and those who are only days, hours, or minutes into their grieving.

Take away their grief and comfort them with the vision of peace that their loved one is now surrounded in each day. Help those left behind to heal and grow through this experience, and to see that inside each of us we can find and feel Your love. Expressing it is the challenge.

Help us to see, feel, know, accept, and embrace this fact Father. Help us to see that Your plan is never flawed, even when the youngest or healthiest are torn from our arms. Help us to mature, touch our hearts to always be warmed, mold our minds to never give in to doubt, and keep our feet pointed in the right direction.

Help those who are transitioning to the next life to see it as a promotion, to make peace with others during their remaining days (so that there is no bad blood, guilt, or shame), and to make peace with the life they have lived no matter how long. Comfort all of us Father. I pray to You as a believer and follower of Christ. Amen.

Reflection
No one wants to “lose” a loved one. Adult children feel they should be promoted before their parents, parents feel that their children should never go before them, and many of us have a difficult time comprehending and accepting the passing of a child and baby—the younger a person is the harder it is to accept. What purpose was served by bringing them into the world, just to leave moments, days, weeks, months, or a few years later? It seems like and feels like torture to the parents and other family members.

These moments, just like the others, are times that we should grow closer to God, pray to Him, praise His love, and know that His plan is never flawed. For the mother carrying that child in her womb, this may seem illogical, absurd, foolish, and cruel. Our plan may not be His, and we shouldn’t see it as punishment, but grow to understand that God has something planned. If for some reason you can’t shake the feeling that losing your child was punishment, then grow closer to God to be healed of this guilt that you carry, and made whole in His eyes.

For those of us who have lost parents, take what you have been taught, and learned the hard way, and hold on to those memories shared with your parent(s). Hold on to the smiles, laughs, moments of chaos, and memories of coming together despite the odds. Remember the stories shared, your parent(s) voice and mannerisms, and their favorite things like food, books, art, colors, fragrances, music, movies, sports, celebrities, historical figures, and vacation spots. Those memories keep them by your side. When shared with others, their legacy continues to grow. You have been charged to keep their legacy going strong. You can’t do it wallowing around in gloom and misery.

Questions of the Day
1.While grieving the spiritual promotion of a loved one, where did/do you turn for comfort?

2. How are you (or how have you) dealt with guilt, doubt, emptiness, and anger during your grieving process?

3. What activities have you picked up (or resumed) to help keep you focused on healing and living, and not grieving?

4. What things are you focused on accomplishing to make you and the promoted loved one proud of you?

5. What is your plan for living (or how have you lived) your life to the fullest in a positive way?

6. What negative vices, habits, and relationships have you discarded so that you can get the most out of life?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Love always,
Natasha

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