Two Griefs

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4).

There are two ways to grieve: with hope, or without it. Thirty years ago I witnessed such a profound example of the latter; the memory of it still haunts me. To my horror I saw a young mother at her daughter’s graveside throwing herself to the ground, wailing and weeping in such agony that it made the hairs on my neck stand. This was in reaction to the Hindu pundit’s admonition to forget about her child because she was lost forever and would never be seen again. This is grief with no hope, and it is very sad indeed.

On the other hand, I have seen many shining examples of believers showing grief with hope, as they stood next to the grave of their loved one, gently weeping while still holding fast to the hope they have in Christ to see their beloved again.

Lord, we thank You for this great and sure hope we have in Christ. Help us This Day to hold fast to it, no matter what comes our way. And should we grieve, help us to grieve aright, as those who have hope. Amen.