When tragedy strikes, unsuspecting, how do we get through those first days? How can we possibly pull anything good out of this senseless moment; let alone breathe. How can we talk, eat or sleep knowing that our lives have suddenly changed forever; knowing we have to cope with-out our loved one.
So many decisions have to be made, questions to be answered; sense out of the senseless. Family, friends, church members wanting to give comfort to the comfort-less. Can we get through the minutes, almost fading in and out of consciousness, even though we are awake? Knowing we must sleep but never finding rest.
We want our loved ones back in our arms, holding them tight or telling them one last thing, once last good-bye or one last I love you. Worse yet, knowing those unsaid things will never be heard again. Even day-dreaming, like the movies, hoping our loved one will visit us for a final visit to tell us their secret longing or giving us permission to let them go. No visit ever comes and permission never received.
How do we praise God in this fog of grief and sadness? We can’t even lift our head let alone our hands and heart in praise. I can’t answer any questions for you. I can only give you a reading from Ephesians 3: 14-21 which I call Paul’s Prayer.
1. God will strengthen us with the power through His Spirit into our inner being, so Christ will dwell in our hearts through faith.
2. Since we are rooted and established in His love, we have the power to grasp how wide and long, and high and deep is the love of Christ – which surpasses any knowledge.
3. We will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
4. God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us.
God is Glory and He is the only one offering peace. No words, spoken or written, will ever “help” someone feel better or feel less pain in their loss; only God’s Truth will strengthen them. Pray for them and begin with – For this reason I kneel before you, Father.
Ephesians 3: 14-21: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.