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Praise Him in the Pain
With my face buried in her furry neck, I whispered, “Jesus, hold my heart” as grief began to overwhelm me.

As I snuggled next to my fur-baby Casey on the cold floor of the vet’s office, I knew that heartbreaking moment was just seconds away. Once I said my goodbyes, the vet would administer a shot, leaving me without my constant companion of 12 years.

With my face buried in her furry neck, I whispered, “Jesus, hold my heart” as grief began to overwhelm me.

The Bible tells of a man named Job whose grief also threatened to sweep him away. Everything he had was taken away unexpectedly - his family, fortune, health and home all gone in a matter of days.

He was still processing the first loss when another came crashing down on him. Yet in the midst of his pain, Job found the strength to praise God..

Job 1: 20-22 tells us he stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “I came from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”.

But how anyone can praise or worship God when grief threatens to crush the very life out of them? I wondered that myself for a long time, but here’s what I’ve learned.

Praising God in our pain doesn’t take it away, but it does protect our hearts from becoming bitter and angry toward Him. It doesn’t make it any easier to accept the loss of something we love, but it can be the means to celebrate the blessing we were given.
- Leslie Jones
We have a choice: we can either turn our back on Love and blame Him for what we’ve lost or CHOOSE to praise the One who gives all things and takes all things away.

As I walked out of the vet’s office that day, the grief was almost more than I could bear.

Still, in that moment when the pain was palpable, like Job I felt compelled to praise God.
Dropping to my knees next to my car, I bowed my head in gratitude for the deep love I felt for my furry friend. And while that didn’t dull the pain of loss, he lifted my spirit and reminded me that at all times I can praise Him for who He is and how good he’s been to me.

Friend, no matter what you’re grieving today rest assured that God hears you, sees your tears, and feels your pain. But we can’t let suffering turn us away from the only One who can bind up our broken hearts.

- Leslie Jones

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author, perfecter, and finisher of our faith. Let’s commit to staying close to Him and soaking in His word to prepare our hearts for the inevitable grief that comes with life here on earth.

We are promised the hope of heaven where there will be no more tears and no more grief. Until that glorious time comes, let’s praise the name of the Lord for the blessings He’s freely given us.
With faith, hope & love,
Your friend Leslie

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