I will never forget the moment when I heard his last breath
Reference: “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.” 2 Samuel 1:26 NIV
Explore: I have been fortunate not to lose too many people in my life. But one significant one would be my father. We were lucky to have the time to share our memories, give our fond farewells and surround him when he passed.
But I will never forget the moment I heard his last breath leave his body.
As the air was expelled so was our future together. No longer would he be there to give advice at the end of the phone. No longer would he be able to meet our future children. And no longer would he share how proud he was of us.
His departure left me empty and not a week goes by when I don’t think of him. Even after all these years tears still well up in my eyes just writing these words.
Application: The loss of a loved one can create such a rift in our lives. And while no one can ever fully understand the grief we experience, we are not alone in our pain.
Throughout all history people have loved and lost. King David, one of the most emotionally expressive men in the Bible, shares his heart when King Saul and his best friend, Jonathan, die.
Showing grief does not separate us from God. He lies down with us in our valleys and soothes our souls.
May you know His presence surrounding you when you find yourself in such a dark place.
Prayer: Lord, life can be so hard at times. We open ourselves up to love, only to have our hearts broken. May we continue to make ourselves vulnerable in such a way that we hurt when we lose, but we know we have truly loved. Amen.
When have you experienced grief?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.