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There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens: a time for giving birth and a time for dying, a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted, a time for killing and a time for healing, a time for tearing down and a time for building up, a time for crying and a time for laughing, a time for mourning and a time for dancing, a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones, a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces, a time for searching and a time for losing, a time for keeping and a time for throwing away, a time for tearing and a time for repairing, a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking, a time for loving and a time for hating, a time for war and a time for peace.
Through this piece of scripture, we are taught that God has a time for us all. Time for us to grow, and time for us to mourn. The theme I chose to write my devotional about is the gift of grief. This has been exceptionally important to me personally. Throughout my growing up I have experienced plenty of loss, and I feel as if God has made me stronger because of it. It is my belief that God gives us some of the worst things in life, such as loss of a loved one, in order to teach us to savior those most precious moments in life. God gives us grief to make us appreciate the good in life that we often take for granted. After my grandmother passed, it was hard to see the good in life. But through the birth of my baby sister a few months after, my eyes were opened to all of the truly amazing things God has to offer. It is important that we put our trust in God, and His plans for us all. If we aren’t able to experience the devastating parts of life, we become deaf to those most precious moments.
God, teach us to put our trust in You during our times of insurmountable grief. Help us to accept what grief we have, and move forward with our lives using the lessons You’ve taught us. Amen.
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