The Lutheran Witness

Grieving with Hope

Comments (10)
  1. Earleene F Childers says:

    May God give you comfort now as for the real hope He gives. God bless you.

  2. Carla Claussen says:

    We continue to hold you and your family in prayers as you pass through these deep and dark hours of visceral grief. As one who has known such difficult hours and passed through them with loved ones, may our Lord’s love, peace, comfort, strength, hope, and joy through His Means of Grace also bring all of you through them in His time. “Gottes Zeit ist die beste Zeit.”

  3. Mary Patterson says:

    Having loss my son in 2012 I know the pain of grieving. There is great comfort in knowing he believed and I will be reunited with him one day but the pain is very real. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.

  4. Linda A Bruner says:

    Going through grief is not sinful. Where in the Bible supports that idea? I was brought up in the Missouri Synod Church but never heard that before.

    1. Rev. David R. Mueller says:

      Pastor Harrison mentions two places, Ms. Bruner. First, Jesus Himself, moments before He raised Lazarus from the dead, wept–*grieved*. Because He, the Creator, did not *make* death. But He came precisely in order to “unmake” death, for us, by going through it. And secondly, Pastor H. refers to 1st Thess. 4:13, where Paul says *not* that we do not sorrow/grieve, but that we don’t sorrow “as others who have no Hope.”
      Other passages and examples can be added. For instance, in 2nd Samuel 12, when the son of David’s adn Bathsheba’s adultery dies on the 7th day, David gives a confession of Hope: “I shall go to him, [the child] but he shall not return to me.” Grief, most certainly! But still, Hope.
      The emotion of sorrow and grief is, itself, not sin. We most certainly, in our corruption, will sin in our grief, just as we sin in our anger, and in our happiness, and in our contentedness, etc. But God Himself created our emotions in the Beginning, and declared them, along with everything else He made, “very Good.”

      On behalf of all us pastors, I apologize for when we haven’t taught as clearly or as widely as we ought to have. (And I’m sure what I’ve said here isn’t nearly enough or clear enough!) We have our own blind spots, and, frequently, our dear Lord teaches us about these by straining us through the sieve of trial and grief ourselves. Pray for us!

  5. Cindy Fulbright says:

    The loss of our dear son, Jason was 1 year ago last week. To birth your child and then have to give that child back is so sad for me or any other mother. The grief can be over whelming some days.
    But, I truly trust and on that is how you pray for the angels to come take him home and relieve him of this misery.
    Prayers for your dear parents and for you and all your family. +

  6. PAULA SHINN says:

    AS OF AUGUST 29TH IT WILL BE 7 YEARS THE DAY GOD CALLED MY SON BRIAN TO HEAVEN. . NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT MY CHILD WOULD LEAVE THIS EARTH BEFORE ME, COMPLETELY OUT OF ORDER, THAT’S NOT THE WAY IT SUPPOSED TO BE. GRIEVING IS ON GOING, BECAUSE WE LOVE OUR CHILD. MY PASTOR GAVEN MIZE HAS HELPED ME WITH THESE WORDS. … GOD CALLED BRIAN HOME FOR BRIAN, AGAIN FOR BRIAN. ..BUT HIS LOVE ONES HERE ON EARTH WILL GRIEVE BECAUSE WE LOVE AND MISS THEM ,.. AND THE BEAUTIFUL PART IS THRU OUR FAITH AND BAPTISM WE HAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT WE WILL SEE THEM IN HEAVEN, AND WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY IT WILL BE. WE GRIEVE, SOME DAYS MORE THAN OTHERS .. I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. . KEEP PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER AND FOCUS ON JESUS ESPECIALLY WHEN GRIEF IS OVER POWERING, AND REMEMBER THEIR SMILES AND HAPPY TIMES GOOD MEMORIES, AND NO I DON’T BELIEVE GRIEVING IS A SIN, WE GRIEVE BECAUSE WE LOVED.

  7. David R. Mueller says:

    God grant you and your family this Christ-centered, hope-filled, *good* grief, even as many of us have been given the same for our own “Home” ones recently.

  8. Donna eubaum says:

    Thank you.

  9. Joan Gilmore says:

    Losing my 29 year old son to cancer will never be understood by me on this earth. I know I will see him again someday, but the grief is sometimes overwhelming and I just want him to be with me again physically. The death of a child is the worst thing a human can go through.