God’s Healing in Grief
Have you experienced a loss so devastating, so unbearable, so unthinkable that you’re not sure how you’re going to go on?
Did your loved one receive a heart-wrenching report from the doctor that later became a reality? You never dreamed you would ever lose your mate, your mother, your brother, your child, or a grandchild so early in life.
You lost the love of your life! You did everything together and you feel hopelessly alone. And now it’s the Christmas season and your heart aches more than ever, the hurt runs deep.
Are you suffering with questions that seem impossible to answer? Why did God allow the illness, the car accident, the drug overdose, the drowning, the suicide, the murder, the death of someone you cared so deeply about?
Do you wonder why God allows you to suffer the way you’ve been suffering? How do you cope with the inevitable pain of life in a dark and fallen world so that it doesn’t damage you beyond repair? Are you destined to a future of unrelenting pain, devoid of joy, peace and satisfaction?
No! I assure you with all my heart that hope, help, and healing are within your reach—and closer at hand than you might have imagined or dreamed.
During this painful season in your life, when you feel alone, it’s vital that you run to God and His Word.
Remember –Life changes…God does not!
In Psalm 91:1-4 we read these encouraging words:
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust! For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” (Psalm 91:1-4)
For me, bathing my mind in God’s Word brings the greatest help and comfort in times of disappointment or pain. Nothing else holds such power to dissolve the lies of the enemy and so thoroughly soothes my soul. That’s why I encourage you, beloved, to meditate on Scripture, to steppe yourself so fully in its precepts that the words will come to mind whenever you need encouragement or strength for a difficult season.
When you wonder what you’re going to do; take one breath, one moment, one hour, one day at a time. Try not to dwell on all the questions that may be flooding your mind with your concerns about what the future holds.
When you feel incredibly down, look up.
Consider memorizing these powerful verses in Psalm 121: 1-8:
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” (Psalm 121: 1-8)
The Lord is and was my helper and healer after the death of my precious daughter-in-law. She died much too early in life and my son became widowed much too young. My dear husband Jack passed away just after Christmas last year. I understand pain and the loss of a loved one.
My dear friends Ron and Kathleen Duncan also understand the horrendous heartache of losing a son. In the wee hours of the morning, the Duncan’s heard the knock at the door, and received the chilling news from police officer Wiggins, that their 20-year-old son Andrew had been killed in a car wreck.
The shocking news brought about shattered dreams and sad sobering times were ahead for the Duncan family. They have walked through their sadness, and believe it was only through God and the study of His Word that brought them healing.
It’s now their passion to help you! In Ron and Kathleen’s book; God’s Healing in Grief, you will learn how only God can truly heal a broken heart. He has promised to comfort those who mourn. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).
Have you experienced the loss of a loved one and you’re asking questions like these?
- What “comfort” can we expect from the Lord and how do we get it?
- How can I possibly find joy and peace when my child, spouse, or parent is dead?
- How can we truly heal when nothing can go back to “the way it was” before they died?
- Why did she die? Why are others healed from the same sickness?
- I feel sad all the time; am I sinning?
- I’m angry at the one who was at fault. What do I do now?
- Is my loved one okay? Is she in heaven?
- Did my loved one become an angel? Does he watch over me now?
Healing takes time, but God has provided answers to your tremendous grief and loss. This book will help guide you through a study of the Bible to find the answers to your questions. As you discover truth for yourself, you will find peace and healing through Christ.
Please know my friend, that God truly is the lifter of your head. May He bring you comfort and healing in the days ahead.
“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.” – Psalm 3:3
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Kay Arthur’s exciting, practical approach to the Scriptures has influenced thousands to use the Precept™ Inductive Bible Study Method in their personal studies. Her distinguished Christian character, Bible teaching, championing of biblical literacy, and national radio and television programs motivate others to discover truth for themselves. Kay’s passion is for people to be established in God’s Word.
At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to the hospital where she was working because she was sick at heart, sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had a religion but did not possess a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. Her relationship with the Lord and scriptural findings turned her sorrows into joy and her mourning into laughter.
God’s love poured down upon her in 1965 when she married a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named Jack Arthur. Together they served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study. Though the study started as a small gathering in the living room of the couple’s home, it soon grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning of the gatherings Kay and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. They founded a ministry in 1970 that became Precept Ministries International where they served, Jack as President and Kay as Executive Vice President, later as Co-CEOs, until February 2012 when they stepped down and their son David became President and CEO.
Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life, a daily television, radio, and online program which takes the student through the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse using the Inductive Bible Study Method. Precepts for Life™ TV and Radio reaches more than 75 million households each day in more than 30 countries, while the online program is available to almost everyone on the planet.
Kay currently resides in Tennessee.