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No Shrinking Back

By Elizabeth M. Thompson

We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. (Hebrews 10:39)

“I can’t do this!” we cry out to God in the dawn of our grief, “Please take away this pain.”

We have been given a task we are not equal to—letting go of someone we love dearly, perhaps the one person we love more than any other. It is too much for us!

Only as we trust Jesus can we walk this pain-riddled path. If we shrink back, depression and despair will overtake us. Like wild beasts on the prowl, they seek to devour us. No, we cannot shrink back. We must put our hope in Jesus and our hand in his and let him lead us through our grief. He will provide our protection.

When the path is too treacherous, too rocky and steep, he will carry us. He is more than equal to the task.

Lord, some days I feel my grief will devour me. If I survive, I will be wounded beyond recognition. Save me from despair, pull me back from the jaws of depression and carry me safely through the rocky terrain of my grief. Amen.

©2009 Elizabeth M. Thompson. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Read more beautiful devotions addressing grief at Elizabeth’s Faith and Grief blog at http://elizabethmthompson.typepad.com.