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Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

2 Samuel 1:11 - 12

Loss. Grief. Anguish of soul. Tragedy and disaster take their toll on us. Death is so painful to those left behind. David had lost two people he loved very much, in addition to many men in his army. He openly expressed his grief; he tore his clothes in sorrow.

When loss hits home, it can feel as if you’ll never stop aching, that your pain will never stop being a sharp torture.

What loss are you feeling today? The death of a beloved friend, like David’s Jonathan? Or the death of a parent, a brother or even your child? The death of your dream of a solid and lasting marriage that ended in divorce? Or the loss of a successful career that disintegrated when your business collapsed?

Even though you may not want to, expressing grief is healthy and necessary if you’re ever to heal. It may be a long, slow process, but like David and his men, admit your grief, feel your pain, mourn your losses.

This is the time to grieve and cry (see Ecclesiastes 3:4). God knows how you feel and hurts with you. After all, Jesus was “a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” (Isaiah 53:3). Go to him, ask him to help you bear it, and he will.

God, I offer you my grief …
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