My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is…. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end. Lamentations 3: 17, 21-22
Grief and loss are part of life. At times of unexpected death, sickness or broken relationships, words can fall short of touching pain or bringing healing. They seem to be melodies twisted and laden with unresolvable, discordant harmonies.
Our lamentations, though, are not unheard. We have the witness of those who, through the ages, have clung to God’s steadfast love. They have heard God’s ever-present response to that melody: “You are my beloved”. Its refrain, though often through others, comes from God and can break through our pain with tender comfort. Perhaps it is in the voice of a friend, the kindness of a stranger, the constancy of a pet. It has the power to change the discordant and twisted into exquisitely beautiful music.
Remember it always: “You are my beloved.”
Prayer: Most merciful God, when loss and confusion overwhelm us, grant us time and patience to grieve. Then open our ears to hear the song of your steadfast love. In the name of Jesus and the power of the Spirit. Amen.
Deaconess Dawn Riske, St. Louis, Missouri