Good News You Can Use: Grief

Bill Austin tells about a woman named Dorothy who lost her son, Robert, in an automobile accident when he was 19. Dorothy’s world was shattered and her faith severely tested. She went through long agonizing months of depression and anger. Then, she began to put her feelings and thoughts into writing. And what she wrote can, I believe, encourage anyone who’s suffered any kind of world-shattering loss.

Dorothy writes, “The shock of losing Robert remains with me now. My son frozen forever in time as the charming, mischievous, high spirited young man he was at his death. Even today, it’s acutely painful and I miss his laughter, temper and the sheer joy of his companionship. However, instead of dwelling on the loss, I try to bring back all the best memories. In doing so, Robert’s memory lives forever in the forefront of my mind.

“Only my faith has given me the strength to bear this sorrow and try to balance it against the blessings. I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts; spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There is only one gift that was limited to Robert: length of life. Do I question God? Yes. Do I wonder about His reason? Yes! I can’t fully understand. I’m simply accepting His wisdom. And though I grieve, I go on.

“Because I believe that acceptance is the meaning and test of faith. And God wants us to take what blessings He’s given to us. If we yield to grief, if we let our emotional and mental energy be absorbed by our losses, we lose something greater still–our life itself–God’s greatest gift.”

Dorothy’s words show us how acceptance, trust and thankfulness can make our lives beautiful again even after the most bitter losses. The truth is, God does “work together for good (all things) for those who love God.”

And that’s Good News You Can Use.

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