“Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded.”
Jeremiah 31:16 NIV
Those who formally retire from the workplace know the sense of accomplishment from a job well done. Yet retirement is often accompanied by the unsettling randomness of finding something else in life to do. Similarly, the work of grief is the despair, the struggle, and the stress of determining where to invest your energy, time, and emotional capital—the personal resources once dedicated perhaps solely to your loved one. Know that your work will be rewarded.
God, I am less tearful; I weep less often. I am doing the work of grief. It stretches me, it stresses me, and at times it still causes me to despair. Yet I am no longer a victim; rather, through your grace, I am a survivor. Thank you for your steadfast love and care. Amen.
There is reward for doing the work of grief.