“The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer to God,” Fydor Dostoevsky.
Surely is so concerning the stars, however, not so sure that people find closeness to God through grief. My experience is that more often than not, it’s the opposite. There seems to be a tendency to blame God, for the circumstances that brought about ones grief.
Grief like all other human experiences is all about our humanity. There is an exit from one humanity which is based upon the future. The more familiar we are with the holy writ given to us by the everlasting God. The more equipped, we are to deal with grief through its many expressions.
There is an expression given to us by the brother of Jesus. He jumps all over us by going, as far, as to call us, adulterers and adulteresses! His scolding of us is about our tendency to be so earthly minded that we are of no heavenly good. He’s saying to us that we have a tendency to put the buggy before the horse. He concludes by saying such ways make us enemies of God. (cp. James 4:4). It’s the surest way for not being able to deal with grief.
Don’t be to critical of James because he was addressing people, who should have known better. People who were familiar with his brother Jesus, either from personal experiences or from others, who knew all about that experience directly from Jesus.
This writer knows a lot about grief because his mother was murdered when he was 9 years old. It happened on a very cold, iced and snowy day. Our last encounter ended this way. On our front porch, she put her arm around me. Gave me a big hug and and a kiss on my cheek, and said be a good boy. I responded, I will. Off I went to my godmothers house, to join my brother and cousins in fun filled day. In was the last fun filled day for me for nearly two decades. My grief nearly destroyed me. It didn’t bring me any closer to God. Quite to the contrary! Then I found Jesus. My life was reinvented from grief to joy.
True Christendom is all about this experience. “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, they have become a new creation. Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new! (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:17). To get there everyone must get there through Romans 10:9-10).
It has nothing to do with church, social standing, or Dostoevsky ideologies. Which often serve as the greatest blockades, to closeness to God no matter what the season.
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