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Oh, how slow grief is to come to understanding! 

Grief is ignorant and does not even care to learn. (1)

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Grief is 100% pure emotion!

There is nothing in grief which is rational.

Grief can only be felt!

There are no words which can soothe and comfort the heart aching in grief.

Grief will not be denied!

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Parents ask me, “How do I explain this to the kids?”

My answer is, “You can’t, so don’t!  Just love them.  Be with them in their grieving!”

They then ask, “Isn’t there something in the Bible I can tell them?”

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In Psalm 23, David says,

“God was with me when I walked through the valley of the shadow of death … His presence comforted me!” (2)

In Matthew, Jesus says,

“Come to me all you who are overburdened …you will find rest for your souls … I am with you always!” (3)

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God and Jesus are short on words, but long on presence and compassion.

They do not offer an explanation.

Instead they offer their hearts.

They know what they are doing.

Thanks be to God!

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  1. Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 169). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
  2. Psalm 23:4
  3. Matthew 11:28 and 29 and 20:28
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God is Never Alone Without You

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One of the overarching realities of the Christian faith is that God is omnipresent.  God resides in every space of His creation at every moment.

God’s presence with us is not in the form of big brother or the man upstairs looking down on us as a collection of finite beings in the expansiveness of His creation.  Instead, God’s omnipresence is personal.

As a child of God you are never alone! Your Shepherd is with you at all times. You never have to call Him into your situation. You never have to wonder where He is. You never have to fear that if things become too difficult, He will abandon you. He goes before you; He walks beside you; He comes behind you. (1)

Even when we try to escape God’s presence, which many Christians attempt everyday, God remains omnipresent with us.

David prayed about this in Psalm 139:7-10:

Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!  If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (2)

Since God has chosen not to be alone without us, doesn’t it make sense that we would desire to be alone with Him.  So many of us cry out to God when we are lonely, but rarely seek to be alone with Him.

Christians who are never alone with God become impoverished believers and persons.  They become hungry for His presence, although He is with them, because they refuse to be alone with Him.

If we neglect to be alone with God, we rob ourselves of God’s blessings.

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I stand at the door and knock. 

If you open the door, I will come in.

I will eat with you and you with me.

Revelation 3:20

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  1. Blackaby, Richard (2006). Experiencing God Day By Day (p. 59). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
  2. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001)

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