Rachel and Richard share their experiences with loss and how grief has been a part of their lives since a young age. They are sharing what’s helped them in dealing with loss and how they’ve handled it together. We hope you leave this episode encouraged and inspired in some way if you are or have experienced loss.
- Rachel’s first experience with loss and her view that beauty truly can come from ashes [3:00]
- The practice of journaling that helped Rachel process her feelings and grief from loss [7:48]
- Richard shares his own experience of loss at a young age and the impact it had the trajectory of his life [21:15]
- The role faith played in navigating grief for Richard, and the reliance he has had on Jesus when going through loss [32:00]
Verses on Loss
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’
I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For the Lord will not reject forever, For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness.
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
1 John 3:2
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
For they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
1 Corinthians 15:42-44
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; and it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
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