Inspire 21

Sympathy & Grief

man at shoreline at sunset

Death leaves a heartbreak no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Taken from a centuries old Irish tombstone


He only takes the best

God saw he was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around him,
And whispered “Come with me”,

With tearful eyes we watched him suffer,
And saw him fade away,
Although we love him dearly,
We could not make him stay,

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best,

Although his heart stopped beating,
His love will always remain,
His absence puts upon our hearts,
A very heavy strain,

For now he is in a place
of everlasting rest,
We just have to understand that God,
He only takes the best.


“Weep with people who weep.” – Romans 12:15.


There is “a time to weep,” says the Bible. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)



O death, where is your sting?

O death, where is your victory?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord JesusChrist.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57


“Since death is through a man [Adam], resurrection of the dead is also through a man [Jesus Christ]. For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.”—1 Corinthians 15:21, 22


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for according to his great mercy he gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”—1 Peter 1:3.


“I believe all the things set forth in the Law and written in the Prophets; and I have hope toward God, which hope these men themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” — Apostle Paul – Acts 24:14, 15.


“Just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes those alive whom he wants to. Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his [Jesus’] voice and come out.” — John 5:21, 28, 29


God, who started mankind off in a lovely garden, has promised to restore Paradise on this earth under the rule of His heavenly Kingdom in the hands of the now glorified Jesus Christ. (Genesis 2:7-9; Matthew 6:10; Luke 23:42, 43) In that restored Paradise, the human family will have the prospect of enjoying life without end, free from all sickness and disease. Revelation 21:1-4; compare Job 33:25; Isaiah 35:5-7.


But as a human with normal feelings, the true Christian, even with the hope of the resurrection, does grieve and does mourn the loss of any loved one.—1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14.


Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth: 

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.”


Rely on friends: Do not hesitate to let others help if they offer to do so and you can really use some assistance. Understand that it may be their way of showing you how they feel; perhaps they cannot find the right words.—Proverbs 18:24.


Letting go of the pain makes way for treasured memories that will no doubt always remain with you.—Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4.


Jesus said to his disciples: “Never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties.”—Matthew 6:25-34.


It is not that prayer simply makes us feel better. The “Hearer of prayer” promises to give holy spirit to his servants who sincerely ask for it. (Psalm 65:2; Luke 11:13) And God’s holy spirit, or active force, can equip you with “power beyond what is normal” to go from one day to the next. (2 Corinthians 4:7) Remember: God can help his faithful servants to endure any and every problem they may face.


You too may find that in response to your persistent prayers, ‘the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your heart and your mental powers.’—Philippians 4:6, 7; Romans 12:12.


The help that God supplies does make a difference. The Christian apostle Paul stated that God “comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation.” True, divine help does not eliminate the pain, but it can make it easier to bear. That does not mean that you will no longer cry or will forget your loved one. But you can recover. And as you do, what you have experienced can make you more understanding and sympathetic in helping others to cope with a similar loss.—2 Corinthians 1:4.


“God remembers the departed one and can bring him back to life in the future earthly Paradise.” – Luke 23:43; John 5:28, 29


Gone From My Sight

By Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore. 
A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails
to the moving breeze 
and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.

I stand and watch her until, at length, 
she hangs like a speck of white cloud 
just where the sea and sky come 
to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, 
“There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. 
She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load 
of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, 
“There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, 
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, 
“Here she comes!”

And that is dying.

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