Sudden Loss

There are days when your own strength is gone. It has been used and spent, poured out and not refreshed. You are empty and numb. The weight of life, circumstances that you can not control nor put off bear down and become the crossroads you don’t want to approach but do not require permission to appear.

My friend’s dad died unexpectedly yesterday. They were out fulfilling their Fathers Day plans together and fishing in the Bay for salmon when his dad slipped and fell. Within moments it was clear that he was having a hard time breathing and his son started CPR. He continued until the Coast Guard got there and they took over. They were unable to revive him and he slipped into eternity.

Today is one of those days for my friend and his family. Human strength strains under the weight of sudden life changing loss. We can’t understand or comprehend it but there is comfort in knowing that we have an everlasting God who can and does. When we have no strength left, we can lean on a Creator who gives His own strength freely. When we are weary, we can rest because God neither faints nor tires. Why is this comforting? Because we need to know that the world will not completely fall apart when we do. We need to know that there is One whose understanding reaches so wide and is so deep that we could swim in it for a lifetime and not find it’s end.

It is for days like this when a familiar verse becomes like a warm blanket to wrap around and comfort those we love:

“The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:28-29 NKJV)

And includes a promise for the future:

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30, 31 NKJV)

Dear friends, for the crossroads that have been placed before you or journey of grief that life has laid upon your doorstep, I pray that you will lean on God’s strength and rest in His power. I pray that you will find comfort in His everlasting love and inexhaustible understanding. And hope for the future… You will rise up as on eagles wings and soar!

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