Words of comfort and hope on Remembrance Sunday
Lamentations 3:20-32 (New Living Translation)
Scripture reminds us that when we are grieving we should:
- Never forget – We all have events that we will never forget in our lives – worlds events, national events and personal events. We damage ourselves if we try to supress our grief. Time has no power to heal and we will not ‘get over it’. Life will never be the same. Losing people is part of life.
- Dare to hope – Our hope should not be an irrational hope – they will not come back, we cannot replace them and we cannot contact them, but we can have hope in God. God is beyond death, He is eternal. We can have a relationship with Him. He is full of never ending love, comfort, compassion, faithfulness and mercy. He understands our loss and can give us a hope and a future. His mercies are new and fresh every morning. There can be joy and peace in our lives despite our loss.
- Search for God – No-one is abandoned by God. He is good to those who search for Him, depend on Him and trust in Him. Jesus said, “Seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7) and, “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33).