Excessive grieving is a reference to a deep sense of lost that cripples a person for months and years after the death with the same intensity as the day after the death.
Normal grief includes a continued sense of lost, but after a reasonable amount of time, the person should be able to function. And, after some more time, a person should be able to move on with life, in spite of the memory of lost.
A key idea in this series of devotionals, "The Blessed Lame Man," which is based on II Samuel 9:6-8, 13, is that, "We should be mindful of humility, blessings, and lameness."
In this devotional, let's focus on how believers should not be known for excessive grief. Excessive grief may have more to do with your guilt than with your sense of lost. Counseling may be helpful.
Or your continued excessive grief may say something about who your God really was and is. God ought to be able to wipe some tears away after some days. “Some days” may be months for some and years for others, but God is surely able to give us some joy where we use to have grief after a reasonable length of time.
Are you still experiencing excessive grief because your God died? Memorial benevolence is a better way of handling grief than a continued weeping and lowness of spirit.
1. How would you define excessive grieving? What is crippling grief?
2. Can you see how God being God should allow you to move on with your life, after a reasonable amount of time?
3. What are you going to do to grow in this area?
Great and awesome God, the One who knows the pain of watching Your Son die on the cross, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have reminded me of Your continued presence, when others have died and gone on.
I confess that I am tempted to spend more time grieving over their death than with trusting You with the rest of my life. Please forgive me, and help me to trust You as I should. In Jesus' name, amen.
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