Winter and Grief

Winter reminds me that things can be both good and bad; take snow for instance.  It provides pleasure for children to play in and make snowmen, and lots of children and adults have great fun skiing. Yet snow causes accidents, damaging vehicles and causing injury and even death to many people each year.  Then there are avalanches which destroy property and injure and kill people.

 Now, what does all this have to do with grief?  Well, life brings a variety of experiences: some good, some bad. However, God can take even the worst things and bring some good.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

 In an earlier verse the Apostle Paul also says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worthy compared with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Romans 8:18. Here Paul is not suggesting that your trouble, or grief, is not bad.  Instead, he is encouraging us to look at the splendor that is waiting for believers.  Paul also reminds us that God’s blessings are not only in the future, but that God is also, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trouble.”  II Corinthians 1:3-4

 I pray that you may be comforted today by the “Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”  He may even use this blog to do that.