My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your Word. Psalm 119:28 NIV

Thought

Grief is shock at the interruption of life's plans. Your initial reaction to death is shock. Shock plunges you headlong into sorrow. In grief, shock and sorrow are inextricably linked. In the emotionally arduous hours and days that follow the death of your loved one, you are shocked and stunned by the bitter reality of death. God uses shock to protect you from the rude impact of death. God understands completely what has happened even though you do not. Rely on God's strength.

Prayer

God, I am shocked by the death of my beloved. How can this be my reality? My soul is weary with sorrow. Give me strength, I pray. Amen.

Assurance

God knows that I am in shock.

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