Yesterday, we lost a dear friend. A sister, co-worker, beautician, friend, wife, and a soon-to-be mommy. She was a beautiful soul, and our community has been rocked with shock and grief.
I’m sure when Martin kissed her goodbye yesterday morning, he didn’t expect it to be forever. I’m sure when the obstetrician saw her the day before that, he would’ve never dreamed it would be the last ultrasound. Twenty-five weeks along and their baby girl was thriving and growing. All was well.
But reality can be surprisingly cruel. No one would’ve given a headache a second thought. Just take a tablet and get on with your day. Pain is normal; nothing to worry about.
And yet, that pain took her from us. Much too soon for anyone who knew and loved her. We were all impacted by her contagious smile and beautiful spirit, her tireless service each Sunday and faithful friendship whenever anyone needed encouragement.
Natalie, you were a gift to us! I am richer for having known you, and I will miss you terribly.
My friends, like you, the grief has overwhelmed me for the last 36 hours. I have cried so much―for Natalie, for Martin, for their baby girl, for her sisters and family, for her friends and community. The grief has been so sudden and intense that it’s taken my breath away at times.
I am not the only one, I know. We all feel it. I read the posts, I see pictures, and I get the group chats.
But, in this vulnerable moment of corporate grief, I want to take a moment to REMEMBER and REMIND.
Remember what the Word actually says about who God is, and who we are.
Remember where our hope lies.
Remember that GOD IS GOOD all the time, even when grief overwhelms our hearts and souls.
Remember that we will see our dear friend again.
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This is what Father God has declared over you!
10 Scriptures to Comfort your Grieving Heart
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“He was a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:4
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46:1-2
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me.” Psalm 34:18
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14
“The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’” 1 Corinthians 15:52, 54
Take courage, dear heart. God is good all the time!