How to Take Your Grief to Jesus
We all have knee-jerk reactions to suffering. My knee-jerk reaction? I tend to go numb. I find it really hard to pray. After a while, a niggling sense of shame at the poor state of my prayer life may creep in. I think to myself, I should be worshiping God and being positive despite my circumstances! Why can’t I get rid of this horrible numbness inside?!
And the chasm that lies between my true feelings and my intellectual faith swallows me up. It makes me feel distant from God.
How about you? How do you react when you are completely overwhelmed by life’s brokenness? I’m not talking about what you think you should do. I’m talking about what you actually do.
Do you try your best not to complain (with varying degrees of success!)? Do you shut down your feelings, as a coping mechanism? Do you try using positive thinking strategies to overcome your pain, but you end up feeling even worse because it doesn’t seem to be working? Do you feel distant from God, like I do?
In this series, I’ve got some embarrassing stories and a favourite Bible passage to share. Plus, there are some free resources at the end, designed to help you throw your burdens onto Jesus.
May God reassure you of his love and help you draw near to him as you read.
Would you like more support?
Over the next few weeks, my friends and I in the 15:5 Tribe will be discussing the themes from this series (early March 2018) then going through the resource bundle together (mid-late March). You’re welcome to join us! Connect with other Christians who are striving to trust in God while also wrestling honestly and openly with their grief. More info about the 15:5 Tribe can be found here.