Perhaps it is because I have recently been around many people fairly cloaked with sorrow that I have considered grief and its results. Statistically, a family who loses a child is seen to be at high risk of losing their marriage. Grief and sorrow are accompanied by such stress as to fairly take down what were once solid relationships.
I see another side of grief, and as regards those who are dear to me, and who are at the moment traveling a dark and treacherous way, I’m praying that this grief will deepen our relationships, will strengthen our marriages, and especially will bring us closer to God.
It may sound strange, but I am able to see some virtue in grief. Grief and mourning bring tears–deep tears that well up from the depth of our hearts and souls. Grief softens us and makes us aware of others who may be suffering–perhaps as much or more than are we. Most important, when we are grief-stricken, if we are spiritually attuned, we may better be able to share God’s burden for this lost and mangled world. Recall that Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and that He promised comfort for those who mourn.
None chase grief, nor do we find joy in accident or misfortune, but when such come our way, let us take that occasion to examine ourselves, to reach far inside and find the virtue that resides in grief.
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