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“We spend the first half of our life making friends, we spend the second half of our life burying them.” — Unknown

How many of us have said “goodbye” to a friend or family member at the funeral home? I find myself attempting to provide comfort to others and watch people I care about suffer due to lives ending. I, like you, want badly to help others during the most difficult time of life. What do I do? What do I say? How can I go on? How do I deal with the void of loss in my life? Where do I place my hope? These questions are something we all have asked.

As I grow older, I see the hurt others are dealing with as I attempt to deal with losses in my own life, I seek God’s guidance and comfort.

Philippians 4:13 says, “l can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” During our most challenging moments, we must never forget Christ strengthens us if we desire to grow closer to Him.

First Peter 5:6-9 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same suffering are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” Humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God shows our allegiance to God while showing where we place our hope. This verse reminds us that everyone everywhere is being pursued by the devil, even during our most difficult time.

As we continue to deal with the loss of life and seek to help others, let us have empathy and turn to Christ.

Allen Jones
South Green Street church of Christ
Glasgow, KY

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