Dealing with Loss

November 12, 2017

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Scripture Reading

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

1. Choosing to mourn

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NIV)
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

There’s a time to weep and there’s a time to rejoice.

Jesus, the Bible tells us, wept. The Bible says he was a man acquainted with sorrows. When his friend Lazarus died, the Bible says Jesus mourned. He wept.

John 11:33-36 (NIV)
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

Mourning is God’s way of getting us through the harp parts of life.

You have to choose to enter into it. You have to embrace it.

God will be with you in it.

Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

2. Learning to lament

What you have to do is learn to lament. The word that is translated mourn in our scripture reading today is also the word for lament.

A lament is a passionate expression of morning to God.

The Bible is full of laments. There’s an entire book in the Bible called Lamentations.

There are 150 Psalms in the Bible, sixty-five of them are psalms of lament.

Psalm 88:1-4 (NIV)
1 O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.
2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
3 For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave.
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength.

Psalm 88:18 (NIV)
18 You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.

Start reading through the book of Psalms.

3. Ask Jesus to heal my broken heart.

Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

While you’re walking through the valley of the shadow you look to Jesus.

Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

John 9:5 (NIV)
5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”


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