When we hear the word grief the first thing that usually comes to mind is death, but over the years I have found grief is present when people, relationships, hopes, or dreams are lost.
Grief is sorrow over loss
What are some things you are grieving over today?
Today’s Scripture Reading: John 18:1-2, Mark 14:32-42, Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46, Mark 14:43-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:3-24
In Luke 22, Jesus and the disciples left the upstairs room and went to the Mount of Olives. He has just told the disciples about the sorrow that was coming, as they arrived at the olive grove Jesus told them to “Pray that you will not give in to temptation” (22:40). Then He walked a short distance from them to be alone to pray. When he returned he found them sleeping:
At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.” Luke 22:45-46
The disciples were definitely experiencing loss. Things certainly weren’t working out the way they had planned. Their rabbi, teacher, and lord had just told them He was going away. They didn’t understand it all, but they knew things weren’t ever going to be the same…they were exhausted from grief.
There have been many times when I have been exhausted from grief:
- As a teenager I wanted my family to be free from conflict
- As a young wife I wanted my husband to understand me
- As an expectant Mom I wanted my first child to live
- As a Mom of teenagers I wanted them to serve God and not rebel
- As a wife of a 20+ year marriage I didn’t want a divorce
- As a daughter I didn’t want my Dad to die prematurely
- As a woman I didn’t want my friend to die of A.I.D.S
- As a Mom I didn’t want my children to experience divorce
- As a Mom I never wanted my children to experience the pain I’ve experienced
In EVERY ONE of these situations I experienced the exhaustion of grief.
So what do we do?
Just lie down and give up…
No way! We do what Jesus told the disciples to do…
- Get up
- Pray, so that you will not give in to temptation
So instead of giving up we must get up!
Jesus knows that the time we are most vulnerable to the enemy’s temptation is when we’re exhausted from grief.
In our humanness we want to do the opposite. We want to stay down, pull away from the Lord, and turn to the world for comfort…don’t do it!
Run into the arms of your Heavenly Father!
During my times of grieving I would imagine my Heavenly Father sitting in a very, very big rocking chair on a very large front porch. In my imagination I would use my last bit of strength to crawl to His feet. He would reach down, sit me on His lap and rock me and stroke my hair. I found comfort and rest in His arms.
If you are exhausted from grieving today, go to the God who made you. Rest in Him today.
Heavenly Father, I pray for those who are exhausted from grieving today. Comfort them. Give them the strength to get up from their despair and pray so they will not give in to temptation. Reassure them of Your love. Restore their hope.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:53-65, Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:66-72, Matthew 26:69-75, Luke 22:54-62, John 18:25-27, Mark 15:1, Matthew 27:1-2, Luke 22:66-71, Matthew 27:3-10