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.

Prayer:
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.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年7月30日
标题:悲伤与悲痛
作者:杨勇伟
翻译:巫惠如

太5:4 哀恸的人有福了! 因为他们必得安慰。

我们生活在一个堕落的世界中,痛苦、悲伤和悲痛是生命的一部分,而且死亡是必然的。如果我们活得足够长的话,我们迟早会失去所爱的亲人。这种损失带来巨大的悲伤,因为它带来的分离是永恒的。我们无法让时间倒流。

感恩的是,基督徒蒙恩拥有一位了解痛苦、悲伤和死亡的救主,我们不需要独自承受痛苦。

许多经文都提到了这主题。例如:
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“

由于悲伤和悲痛总会时不时地影响我们的生活,我们必须学会接触那些悼念者并与他们一起走过难过的时期。上帝命令所有基督徒安慰哀悼者,而不是把任务只留给牧师、传道人和领袖。能分担别人的悲伤才是真的能减低对方的悲伤。伸出援手是怜悯和善意的基本行为。

不同的人对失去和悲伤的反应非常不同。在极端情况下,有些可能会产生自杀的念头或沮丧感。另一些人可能否认他们的悲痛,并背负多年未解决的悲痛的负担和负罪感,使他们无法活出上帝所应许喜乐和得胜的生命。悲伤辅导和悲伤治疗是帮助我们用圣经的方式化解悲伤体验的关键,这样我们才不会失去救恩的喜乐。

像疫情这样的困难时期,我们当中的许多人需要别人的帮助来应对损失和悲痛。让我们装备自己,指导和支持在悲痛之旅中的弟兄姐妹,并帮助他们从夜晚的哭泣转为早晨的欢呼。作为基督徒,我们必须努力成为黑暗世界的灯塔,在基督加添我们能力时,与处在痛苦中的朋友们并肩前进。

祈祷:父神,我们为那些悲伤的人祈祷。使用我们来传达祢伟大的爱和怜悯,治愈受伤害的人并带给他们喜乐。愿主的希望和救赎的恩典充溢他们的心。我们奉耶稣的名祈祷,阿门。