Grief, Joy and God

November 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

200px-Comedy_and_tragedy_masks.svgGod is everything.

When a friend lost her baby through miscarriage, I was filled with sorrow, a response that I realized that God enabled. Life in the womb, or any human life, as God’s created work has value beyond utilitarian worth. Life is significant because God knits it together, knows us well before birth, and knows our loss. Because this is true, we grieve the loss.

God also enables joy in the loss of a child. The thought that followed mournful sentiment was one of gladness knowing that this mother will one day see her child in heaven, and I look forward to meeting them too. Only in Christ can we know joy in the face of tragedy.

Without God, life would be meaningless. There would be no reason to grieve or rejoice. The reality of sin in the world unfortunately brings both, but grief is not in the final act for those who know Christ.

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