“Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” John 16:20 NIV

Thought

How long does grief last? The answer to this emotional question of grief is an ongoing discovery as you confront and resolve your personal issues. By now you likely understand that grief comes and goes; it ebbs and flows. Imperceptibly you learn to live alongside it, but grief usually lasts longer than most who grieve expect. Grief will not be rushed.

Prayer

God, my head says that acceptance is the end of grief. Yet my heart needs more time and space to grieve the death of my loved one, even while the world rejoices. You know my heart. Amen.

Assurance

I must grieve as long as I need to grieve.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012