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God of Our Losses

Only through faith in a loving God can we survive the grief and pain of loss.

All of us go through suffering and times of loss in our lives. There are suffering people here tonight, troubled people, worried people, uncertain people. And all of us grieve.

Tonight I want to give a testimony to God's faithfulness in times of loss. My basis for doing this is found in Paul's letter to the Corinthians, the second letter, chapter one, verse two.

"Grace be to you. 2 Corinthians 1:2. "Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comforts, who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves have been comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our comfort also abounds by Christ. And those verses make me bold to share with you some of the lessons that God has taught Mary Lou and me and our children through times of loss.

All grief and loss are the same

The first thing I want to say tonight is that loss is loss, grief is grief. What do I mean by that? Simply that the loss of a child through death is not basically different from the loss of a child who goes far from the Lord and who spiritually dies. The loss of a child through death is not basically different from the birth of a child with Down's Syndrome or a severe handicap or retardation.

The grief of a woman over a husband who dies is not basically different from the grief of a woman whose husband deserts her and her children and marries someone else, divorces her and marries someone else. The difference is that the corpse is still around. Or as one woman said to me, "I think it would have been easier to have him die because ...

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