Job chapter 1 and 2 surveys the heartrending account of Job’s loss. First, he loses his material wealth and possessions, and then he learns that all of his children died in a desert windstorm. There are still terms that lack in our world. For instance, there is a word to describe the loss of ones parents; an orphan—there is a word to describe the loss of a spouse; a widow—but, there is not a word in the English language to describe a parent who suffers the loss of a child. Certain experiences go against the grain of normality—I cannot begin…

Words are so important particularly to those who are grieving over the loss of a loved one. Often I am at a loss for words. The Apostle Paul writing to the church at Thessalonica gave them words to comfort one another. They were words of hope when he told them that the Lord would descend from heaven with a shout. “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:19 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). What comforting words these are!

Prayer: Hope of Your soon return is a comforting word for me. When I feel such heaviness over my losses, I can read Your Word and be comforted knowing You are coming back to take us from this world of sorrow. Thank You, Jesus!

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

How often have you said, “I just wish someone understood me?” This verse reminds us once again that God really does understand what we are going through. Jesus is no stranger to pain and suffering. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I think of the rejection and agony You experienced on the cross, all of my difficulties fade…