All of us have experienced loss at some point in our lives. It could be a loss of a child, father, mother, grandparent or even another family member. Even the loss of a family pet can cause significant heartbreak. Sometimes we lose close relationships that end up in divorce or even our best of friends seem to walk away or become distant. This in turn starts a grieving process. Sometimes this process takes days, months or years but each person walks this journey differently. So how do we cope? We must remember that God is our comforter and close to those who grieve. In Psalms 34:18 (KJV)“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” We must learn that God is the only person we can depend on because all humans will fail us at one point in our lives. Those close relationships that you thought were forever only God can provide the strength you need to heal the hurts from those relationships. You then realize you have been wounded. If we are not careful those wounds will turn into bitterness. Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. People sometimes come into our lives just for a season and leave foot prints that last forever. It hurts when their season is over. This is just a season in our lives and this too shall pass. One thing is certain is seasons don’t last forever, leaves will change and sun will shine again. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8(KJV) 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. We should be mindful and not allow bitterness to take root and get stuck in the grieving process. While grieving is healthy we must find strength through the joy of the Lord, he is our ultimate source. Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV) 10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Be encouraged that whatever season you are in, it will change that is for certain! Seasons are certain but they are definitely not final for The Joy of the Lord is your Strength.