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A Day at a Time: Bereaved and Beloved

By Scott Harrup
Dec. 15, 2013

To lose a loved one near Christmas can cast a pall on the celebration for years to come, particularly if one loses a parent, sibling or spouse.

I attended my uncle Fred Jacobs’ funeral in Memphis, Tenn., last December. My pain was just the tiniest fraction of my aunt’s. As she shared with me her reflections on this past year for the feature “A Widow’s Might,” I thought of the many other followers of Christ for whom Christmas is both a reminder of deep pain and a source of great comfort.

How can believers find the strength to deal with the former and discover new reservoirs of the latter? By holding ever more tightly to the One who, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah reminds us, lived as “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” who has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3,4, NKJV).

As we identify more closely with Jesus, we discover He calls us to invest ourselves ever more deeply in the lives of those in need around us. “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

This issue of the Pentecostal Evangel considers the plight of “the fatherless and widows in their affliction.” Besides Methel Jacobs’ story, you’ll read of Larry and Tammy Hurt and their discovery of God’s calling to parent two orphans. The Hurts are embarking on a new parenting journey after raising five children and while continuing to care for an elderly friend with special needs.

John W. Kennedy’s interview with Johnny Carr includes both cogent analysis of the need for adoption and a compelling call for Christians to become involved in meeting that need in some capacity.

This Christmas season, as you celebrate the arrival of the Savior who came to both identify with and offer a solution to our every sorrow, determine to be His emissary to those whose journey is more painful than your own. Help them discover that in their bereavement they are His beloved.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor


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