The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Psalm 116:3 NIV

Thought

Shock is a front-end collision with human mortality. On impact, you experience the full force of shock. You simply cannot believe that the one you love has died. Even if you were there at the last breath of your loved one, there is utter disbelief. If death occurred suddenly and unexpectedly, your shock is intensified by the unreality of circumstance and the unfairness of death. It is incomprehensible that your loved one is gone. For a while you may feel strangled as anguish, distress, and sorrow overcome you. God is with you through the shock of grief.

Prayer

God, somewhere in the depth of my mind I am grasping at the reality of death. But the finality of death is still too shocking. I cannot think. Help me in my distress. Amen.

Assurance

God will untangle my heart and soul as I grieve.

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