Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

A friend of ours was laid to rest today. She was a very sweet, precious lady. I could ignore that loss and hurry through my day, filling it with all the things that I need to get done, all those things that seem so urgent. Work needs help, Christmas presents need to be bought, relatives are calling. And just like that, the day has passed me by. No need to contemplate the loss of a friend. No time for it.

I’ve done that time and time again. Stuff the emotions, move on with putting out fires, stoic and uncaring. Have you? When we hurry past the losses in our lives, we don’t allow the comfort from God to bring healing to our hearts. After a while, those hurts starts piling up. Our losses weigh heavier and heavier on our hearts. Whether we’ve built walls up around our hearts or not, the hurt remains. At these times, it is easy to grow bitter and hopeless, hard and uncaring. Often, we don’t even know how it all started.

As we approach the end of this year, look back and think about what you have lost. It has been a tough year for many of us. Before the year ends, take some time to grieve what you have lost. Allow God to comfort you. Let Him reach down and bind up your broken heart. His promise for you is that if you bring your loss to Him, He will comfort you.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3