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This week’s carnival is on the theme of Grief. We’d love for you to join in with us. All you need to do is write a blog post on the theme of grief and then come here and add a link to it using the cool little SimplyLinked widget below.
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Wikipedia defines grief as:
Grief is a multi-faceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something to which we have formed a bond. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. Common to human experience is the death of a loved one, whether it be a friend, family, or other companion. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement often refers to the state of loss, and grief to the reaction to loss.
It’s interesting to me that grief is not just an emotion but has physical and other dimensions also.
I am blessed to have never experienced the grief that comes from a loved one dying as no-one that close to me has died yet. However, the fact that this means I have never experienced true grief in any way is bad. Very bad. You see, I should have experienced grief for something completely different.
The bible says that God was grieved by mankind multiple times (how many times it uses that word depends on your translation). For instance, in Genesis 6:6:
The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
Man’s sin was so great that it grieved God and filled his heart with pain.
Again and again, God was grieved by the sin of those he created and loved.
As I see that and recognize that it hurts God’s heart when we sin and I see that this whole earth is steeped in sin from the highest officials to the lowest paupers I have to wonder how much heart-wrenching pain God feels every day over the state of humanity – and why I don’t feel the same pain.
I Don’t Grieve
As I’ve thought about this topic of grief, it has really hit home to me that I just don’t view sin the same way God does – and that needs to change.
I need to start viewing sin for what it is, even the smallest ‘little white lie’ or moment of gossiping grieves the very heart of our Father God. Sin that I barely acknowledge or think about cuts him to the very heart.
This is the God who sent his son to die in my place that so that I could be saved from the punishment for my sin. This is the same God who destroyed all human life except for Noah and his family because the sin hurt him so much and yet here am I gladly accepting my salvation but ignoring the true depths and strength of the effect that my continued sin has on my savior.
A New Heart
My prayer is this: Lord, give me a heart that feels the grief that you feel over the sins of the world. Open up the eyes of my heart to see the blackness of that sin against the purity of your righteous holiness. Let me grieve so that I may see how lost those around me are that I might have a renewed passion to see them washed clean by the blood of the lamb of God. I am ashamed that I do not already grieve for the multitude of sins committed even here in my town every day. Help me to see and feel Lord. Help me to see and feel.
Do you grieve as God does over your sin and the sins of the world?