I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13 NRSV

Thought

When you are in shock, it is difficult to imagine ever again feeling anything. Comfort? You are numb, dumbfounded by death. Gladness? It seems impossible when sorrow overwhelms every fiber of your being. Joy? For now, it is a remembrance of that which has passed away. One day your sorrow will cease and mourning will turn into joy. God comforts you now.

Prayer

God, I feel nothing except my searing sorrow. Are your promises really for me? Help me in this moment so that I may yet live. Amen.

Assurance

Though it may seem impossible to believe God’s promises right now, I know they are true.

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