Grief is Work - Preparation
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NSRV
Grief is work. It is a full-time job. For a while it seems like a 24/7 occupation. It is physically exhausting to grieve. The things of this world necessitate physical chores that may layer your grief with fatigue. Duties and responsibilities once shared with another may now be yours alone. Grief demands your energy. Grief appropriates your personal reserves and depletes your emotional resources. When grief is at the forefront of your every thought and action, it is almost unimaginable to think about letting it go. You work at it; then you rest.
God, I am weary from the heavy load of grief. Thank you for inviting me to work beside you so that I may learn from you the life lessons of grief. Amen.
Grief is hard work. I must remember to rest.