Grief revisited.

Series: Resilient | Week 5: Put It All on the Line

Genesis 43:29-30
“Then Joseph looked at his brother Benjamin, the son of his own mother. ‘Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?’ Joseph asked. ‘May God be gracious to you, my son.’ Then Joseph hurried from the room because he was overcome with emotion for his brother. He went into his private room, where he broke down and wept.”

Imagine the emotions running through Joseph as he lays eyes on Benjamin, his only full-blooded brother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20+ years. Sadness, grief, loss, anger, joy. . .probably a combination of all of them. The sins of his brothers have robbed him of the chance to grow up with his little brother and Joseph continues to mourn the consequences.

Respond in Prayer
Sit alone with God for a few minutes and talk to Him about what you’ve lost in your life due to circumstances outside of your control – a relationship, a job, health. . . Remember that, just as it wasn’t for Joseph, grieving isn’t usually a one-and-done process. Ask God to keep your heart soft, to not allow bitterness to take root and for the ability to offer forgiveness where He’s asking you to.

For Families with Kids at Home
Remember that just like you, your kids are likely experiencing a variety of emotions throughout the day. Today when you find yourself feeling short-tempered or impatient with their emotions, remember that God is gracious—with you and with your kids.