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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 15, 2012 - Finding Hope in Times of Grief

By Dorothy Rugg

“But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand” (Psalm 10:14, NIV).

“I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul” (Psalm 31:7, NASB).

We rarely like to talk about it, but grief is a part of our lives. We all face seasons of intense sorrow, and specific events or situations that bring pain. The Bible is filled with people who suffered grief, people touched by tragedy — people like you and me. And how they responded to grief is instructive for us, because God wants us to know that it’s all right to grieve.

We need to know we can grieve over all kinds of losses — a loss of job, loss of health, loss of reputation, loss of a marriage, loss of finances, loss of friendship, any kind of loss that brings great sorrow. Grief is real, losses are real, and I believe it is important we don’t sweep them under the rug, hide them or pretend they are not there. We need to talk about them and pray about them.

Ecclesiastes 3:3 reminds us there is a time to heal. To me, that means healing is not just an appointed time, but requires time. We need to let God minister to our aching, hurting heart. After all, God is the God of the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1-3). Each person’s timetable for healing is different; all loss is not the same, and all grief is not the same.

The surest way to get through grief is to let Christ wrap His pierced hands around your broken heart and allow Him to share in your sufferings. In our grief, just like in other areas of our life, we must always look to the Lord, go to the Word, find out what God says about our pain, find His hope and comfort, and move toward healing.

My friend if you are going through grief, I would encourage you, look to the Word, let the God of all comforts comfort you and heal you.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.

 

 

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