Have a Little Cry

It’s always difficult to deal with a loss of life. To be honest, I can hardly ever find the words to say to someone dealing with it. I always want to try to make the sufferer feel better or somehow make up for what’s happened. But I know nothing I say can ever heal that kind of hurt. I’m not sure there is anything that can truly compensate for someone’s loss. However, I think Jesus provides a good example of how we can help those who are grieving. In John 11, Jesus discovers His friend, Lazarus, has passed on. Jesus goes to see Lazarus, and He does something we don’t normally visualize Jesus doing; He cries. It’s strange to consider Jesus crying because He knows that He will raise Lazarus from the dead. But maybe He is teaching us a lesson— maybe the best thing we can do to help those who are hurting is empathize with them. Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” You and I can encourage each other by sharing our hardships and inspiring each other with the knowledge that we will see our loved ones again (1 Thess. 4:13-18). It might not heal all our pain, but it can motivate us to look forward to the One who can.