Have you ever tried to ignore grief? We think that maybe by shifting the hurts way back, we may somehow forget them, but then in a time of being overwhelmed it all comes roaring back. And everyone around you gets to see it and feel it. Ouch. We've all done it before, probably a coping mechanism of some sort that we have seen growing up. "Don't feel the pain, it'll be better." I really think it's a lie for us to believe that way and very harmful for us to act out in that way.
"Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4
We lost our sweet Duke, our Golden Retriever puppy recently. I've been crying for days but also realizing how good yet painful it is to mourn out loud, in front of people (who ask how we are doing). It gives us permission to grieve and cry to eachother when another person grieves out loud. It will be okay, as some people say, and I do accept that sincere saying, even if it does seem repetitive. It will be okay without Duke, but it still hurts form time to time.
Maybe you need to grieve and cry over something that has long passed - years- and you have shoved it so far down, you know that when it comes out you will erupt. I want to give you permission to do so. Take some time away if you can, go for a walk, or drive or call up your closest friend and talk with them about what you are going through. A good friend always listens are cares for us. Back and forth friendships go. We're there for eachother.
When we grieve, we heal. Something inside of us lightens and though we can still feel the depth of the pain, we are freer than we were before we bottled it all up.
What do you need to grieve today? I would love to hear your thoughts. I'll be praying for you.
"He restores my soul" Psalm 23:3
Hello friends, I'm joy. ..
I love sharing my life with you. I enjoy being vulnerable and real because it's then that I hear, "you too?". I hope reading the words from my heart encourages you. We're in this together, friends, so grab your coffee or tea and stick around!