By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
All of us experience loss, which we ought to mourn. We don’t need to pretend. We don’t have to say, “Oh it’s fine, I don’t care,” when deep inside we’re hurting. No, we mourn it. We weep.
Whenever we’re in the midst of a spirit of loss, as we’ve been as we’ve moved on from the Crystal Cathedral, as we’re remembering, it’s painful, it’s difficult, and we mourn. Nevertheless, in the end, resurrection is coming. I cannot wait to be there on that glorious day when the stone is rolled back and we look, and we see, and we say to one another, “Look what God has done and we’re a part of it!”
We will have a choice. When we get to that place, we can mourn then rejoice, or we can continue to look back and say, “Remember what it used to be like? Remember how this was this and that was that?” Do not do that. Do not try to resuscitate the past, but let it die. Mourn its loss, weep for it, and then rejoice when the day of resurrection comes because it’s not from you; it’s from the Lord and it’s a very great thing. I can’t wait to see you there. If you believe it, say amen!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for standing beside me in times of loss. I am able to look forward to a new day and new delights on the other side of my grief. In my sorrow, I pray for comfort. When my heart is healed, I sing songs of praise! Amen.
Reflection: When you’re experiencing the pain of loss and grief, what helps you to find relief?