The Upper Room 20th January 2024 Devotional || Letting Go
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for January 20, 2024 Message written by Diana Derringer (Kentucky, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I find comfort and reassurance when I offer my burdens to God.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
My family had experienced three recent deaths: my father, my mother, and my nephew. After cleaning out my parents’ house for a new family to move in, reality hit hard. We would never gather at my childhood home again. Dad would not read Luke 2 on Christmas Day. Mom would not make raspberry jelly or pecan pies. My nephew would not give another prank gift or bear hug. Our family would never be the same.
As I walked through the empty house, Dad’s orchard, and the woods at the edge of the yard, I cried. I thanked God for a great family and childhood home and asked for God’s blessings on the young family who would live here now. Yet, a few hours later, I realized I had never given God my grief. I understood in a new way that God loves us and reaches out to us in our sorrow. However, we must offer our sorrow and grief to God.
Doing so does not remove our pain or eliminate the need for grieving. But it does offer the assurance that God holds our lives and sustains us through any devastating loss. We will never have to carry our burdens alone because God carries them with us.
Thank you, never-failing Father, for your presence, comfort, and peace, especially in times of grief. Amen.
Those grieving a loss