Friday 30 July 2021
Title: Grief and Sorrow
Writer: Richard YW Yeoh

Verse: Matthew 5:4 NIV
“Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted”

We live in a fallen world where suffering, sorrow and grief is part of life and death is a certainty.
If we live long enough, we will, sooner or later, be confronted with the loss of a loved one dear to us. Such loss brings great sorrow as death and the separation it brings is permanent. There is no way to turn the clock back.

Fortunately, Christians are blessed to have a Saviour who knows what suffering, sorrow and death is and we do not need to suffer alone.

Many biblical verses address this subject. Example:
‘… Comfort all who mourn’. – Isaiah 61:2
‘Mourn with those who mourn’. – Romans 12:15b
‘Visit widows and the fatherless in their distress’- James 1:27

Since grief and sorrow will inevitably touch our lives at one time or another, we must learn to reach out to those that mourn and walk alongside them in their hour of grief. God commands all Christians to comfort those who mourn and not leave the task only to ministers, pastors and leaders.
Truly grief shared is grief halved. And reaching out is a basic act of compassion and kindness.

Different people react very differently to loss and grief. In extreme cases, some may become suicidal or fall into depression. Others may deny their grief and carry the burden and guilt of the unresolved grief with them for many years and thereby causing them to not live the life of joy and victory that God intended for them. Grief support and therapy is crucial to help us resolve our grief experience in biblical ways so we do not lose the joy of our salvation.

In difficult times like the present pandemic, many in our midst need help to deal with loss and grief. Let us equip ourselves with the skills to counsel and support our brothers and sisters in their grief journey and help turn their mourning in the night to joy in the morning. As Christians, we must endeavour to be a beacon of light in a darkened world and walk alongside the hurting as Christ enables us.

Father God, we pray for the those who grieve and are in sorrow. Use us to channel your great love and compassion to bring joy and healing to the hurting. Flood their souls with hope and your saving Grace. We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


太5:4 哀恸的人有福了! 因为他们必得安慰。



赛61:2 “…安慰一切悲哀的人”
罗12:15 “…与哀哭的人要同哭”
雅1:27 看顾在患难中的孤儿寡妇“