Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 NRSV

Thought

When grief overwhelms the daily landscape of your life, your innate sense of trust is tested as well-meaning friends or family offer clichés and platitudes to assuage the pain of your loss. Unless another has experienced personal loss, declarations such as “I understand,” “I know how you feel,” or “I know exactly how you feel” resound as empty words that likely hurt more than help. A component of trust is authenticity. Words that overlay grief’s pain belie the intimacy of trust. In grief you trust the outreach of others, whatever words are used.

Prayer

God, may I be single-minded in my commitment to your way, especially as I grieve. When my trust is challenged, may I trust in you to act. Amen.

Assurance

No one knows how I feel except me.

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