Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Goal of Grieving: Rebuilding and Resolution

If you work through the process of grief, you will come to the point of rebuilding and resolution. Then your focus will shift from the past to the future.

"Rebuilding and resolution almost go hand in hand," explains H. Norman Wright. "They occur when you are starting to look forward to your life again in a new way and you are more forward looking than backward looking. You have a sense of hope that, yes, there is meaning in life, that you can go on with your life, and in spite of the fact that you are caring for the three children by yourself and you're exhausted most of the time—there is hope. You have a sense of direction for your future."

With God, there is always hope. There is always rebuilding and resolution. He will restore your life, and you will have joy in your heart again. God's promises are for you.

He sent His Son Jesus . . .

"To comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor" (Isaiah 61:2-3).

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