I got some grim news this week.
First thing Tuesday morning, I was scrolling through Facebook (yes, it’s a bad habit!). A friend’s post jumped out at me:
Dear friends & family of Beth. Last night Beth went to be with her Lord & Savior.
I stared at the screen. I couldn’t stop rereading the words. Just three weeks ago, I had bumped into Beth at the doctor’s office. She didn’t look good, but I didn’t expect this. Not so soon.
And now she was gone, leaving behind a husband of 28 years & three teens.
I suspect that many of you have also received grim news since the beginning of 2016.
- Lost a job
- Had an accident
- Hit a wall with a close relationship
- Suffered a financial blow
- Received a bad report from the doctor
- Discovered your child is failing a class, hanging out with the wrong crowd or doing drugs
- Or just watched the news
Grim news can strike at any time & in any area.
Responses To Grim News
Grim news is hard.
Emotionally, you might feel:
Physically, you might:
- feel sweaty or icy cold
- experience a racing heart
If affects our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, & our bodies. It can devastate our spirits. Each person’s response is unique.
Bad news or good news affects us.
My Response to Grim News
Last Tuesday, I couldn’t stop thinking about Beth & her death. It just didn’t make sense. Later that day, I told God how I felt: sad, shocked & confused.
“How could this happen? Where are you, Jesus, in the middle of all of this?”
Then, I remembered the story of the last supper. Jesus delivered a lot of grim news to the disciples.
- Jesus was leaving
- One of their own was a traitor
- The disciples would abandon Jesus
- They would suffer
The disciples were confused, fearful & shocked-the same as me.
But Jesus didn’t just deliver the grim news. He gave them a solution.
“And I will ask the Father, & he will give you another Comforter who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him & doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now & later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans – I will come to you.” John 14:16-18
The Grim News
Was That Jesus Was Leaving
The Good News
Was That Jesus’ Spirit
Would Come & Live In Them
In The Middle Of Your Grim News
Jesus’ Spirit Is In You
What is your grim news?
Talk to Jesus about it.
Tell Him know how you feel.
Ask Him: Where were you? Where are you? Where are you in the middle of my grim news?
Listen for His response.
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