My goal is that their hearts would be encouraged and united together in love, so that they might have all the riches of assurance that come with understanding, so that they might have the knowledge of the secret plan of God, namely Christ. Colossians 2:2 CEB

Thought

Within grief is the assurance of eternal life through Christ. This is the one thing in all of grief that is absolute. You grieve the death of your loved one, yet you take comfort in the assurance that there is life after death, that death is transformation rather than termination. The meditations of the next days focus on the assurances of the Beatitudes. The riches of assurance in Christ come with understanding his words.

Prayer

God, encourage my heart in the riches of your assurance. May I be united with you in love to know your plan in Christ. Amen.

Assurance

Understanding inspires my assurance.

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