THE GIFT OF LOSS

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Someone once said that the greatest gift we could receive is our loss of comfort and security.  Really?  Don’t we all want those things more than anything?  Don’t we seek comfort and security every day?

Many have suffered loss during this pandemic season of 2020.   Loss of any kind makes us turn inward to examine where we are with life.  A loss can make us feel insecure and our footing becomes shaky at best. 

It’s hard to look everywhere today……there is so much loss:  loss of life, loss of freedoms, loss of businesses and homes.  Some have experienced loss of marriages, of friends, of people’s integrity and their character, loss of kindness.  Loss surrounds us today and many are trapped by their loss.

PHILIPPIANS 3: 8  “INDEED, I COUNT EVERYTHING AS LOSS BECAUSE OF THE SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST JESUS MY LORD.  FOR HIS SAKE I HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS AND COUNT THEM AS RUBBISH, IN ORDER THAT I MAY GAIN CHRIST.”

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I certainly am not trying to minimize anyone’s losses in any way…..some have more than others.  And I cannot explain why that happens, it just does.  My season has had the loss of a beloved dog and also a loss of a friend.  I have grieved over both.  The dog was old and I miss my sweet girl every day.  I grieve the friend too, only because it’s one of those situations where I don’t even know what happened, and why GOD drew us apart, because nothing was ever said.  But I trust that GOD knows something I don’t and that HE has heard conversations that I didn’t and HE knows what is best for both of us. 

Some people are shaken to the core, more than once!  Our griefs make us search for something more, for that comfort of heart and rest for our souls.  Grief is profoundly felt……

JAMES 4: 9 “BE WRETCHED AND MOURN AND WEEP.  LET YOUR LAUGHTER BE TURNED TO MOURNING AND YOUR JOY TO GLOOM.”

When our comfort and normal are taken away, where do we go?  Whom do we run to?  And can we somehow see all HIS grace as comfort?  As solution?  As the ultimate gift?  Because GOD sent HIS ONE and ONLY SON to rescue us from our sins.  What a gift!

WHEN ALL WE HAVE IS CHRIST, THAN ALL WE KNOW IS GRACE AND TRUTH IN LOVE.

Even JESUS wept at Lazarus’s tomb and we know those around HIM saw those tears and so did GOD.  Tears are like liquid prayers and they draw us into the arms of the FATHER of Heaven.

JOHN 11: 35  “JESUS WEPT.”

If we look at loss with different eyes, then we can see that it can also be gain.  It draws us near to GOD’S power of HIS comfort.  Our losses reshape us and remake us…….they change us into more compassionate and authentic witnesses of HIS love, because in our loss, we have received that special love that only GOD can give us.  Healing from a loss restores us and sets us on a different path…….one of mercy for those hurting around us.

1 PETER 2: 10 “ONCE YOU WERE NOT A PEOPLE, BUT NOW YOU ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOD; ONCE YOU HAD NOT RECEIVED MERCY, BUT NOW YOU HAVE RECEIVED MERCY.”

I have read much that during this pandemic, people are reaching and turning to the LORD.  What a gain!  I pray those people will realize they are more blessed than they ever were!  That they have a priceless gift of CHRIST that the world cannot give!  There are baptisms happening in the ocean because some Churches are closed.  There is a revival and only GOD can do what is happening in the world!  Loss has happened on a large scale to cause people to turn towards Christ. 

Let’s pray for a continued revival of hearts and minds!  Loss is gain for Christ!  Loss is a gift, a gift from an omnipotent GOD, all meant to draw us back into HIS arms of love.  HE is the way, the ONLY way and when things seem impossible…….let’s draw near to the GOD of all things truly possible and pray for those who need to know the surpassing worth of JESUS CHRIST!

MARK 8: 36  “FOR WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND FORFEIT HIS SOUL?”


11 thoughts on “THE GIFT OF LOSS

  1. Is this how we were designed, to see only our own grief and sadness in the midst of loss? We are a people of emotions – God-given emotions – and yet we still have not learned to control them, to use them as God intends. I was thinking this morning, in my devotions, what it would be like to spend a whole day, even a whole hour, putting my own flesh to death and living, breathing, thinking, doing all for Him.
    It warms my heart that you are hearing of baptisms and revivals; I have only been hearing of people falling away from God, from the church.
    Oh, may we worship God!

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    1. I am so glad Kathy that you could learn this……about people being Baptized for the LORD, in the ocean and I have seen videos too of even in fountains!! These people are on fire for the LORD! It has so inspired me to be more bold in my walk. Yes our emotions are there for a reason……grief and loss are all around us, every day it seems. My heart breaks for all the loss during this pandemic. Prayers for you and your family that you are all safe and well? We are all fine here. My son, who is living with us currently goes to work every day……so far so good. He is a chef. People are all well at his work too……but he is the wild card coming in and out of the house. PSALM 91 sustains me over and over!!

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      1. Yes, we are well and healthy over here, as well. Our community is small; while we have some who shut themselves in, most of us live and travel and work pretty much as normal. I am so thankful that we have been able to carry on. And I think YOU for your inspiration!

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  2. Maxine, this was so good! There are so many losses on every hand these days. I loved the scriptures you shared! I count it ALL as loss! Your talking about losing a friend, reminded me of what happened to me in my senior year of high school, many moons ago. I wrote about it on my blog last year. That friend died with breast cancer. I had tucked my feelings away for so long and never dealt with them, until one day, the Lord brought those memories back. I was not even thinking about her that day. Writing two posts about my friend brought me so much healing. And God helped me to see that all was well in the end.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post! God is so good through every loss and every gain we encounter. God Bless ya!

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    1. Thank you Renee for sharing about the loss of your friend! This loss has stumped me……but I know GOD has a reason. Through your life there are many losses of friends. Some stay in your life for a season, and some for a lifetime. GOD has blessed me with a few of the lifetime friends where we are truly Sisters in Christ and feel like sisters too. They are amazing and I am so blessed by GOD because I don’t have any siblings! So they are quite special. YES, GOD is so good all the time! May HE bless you with many new friends in the future and bless you today!

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    1. Oh I am so so sorry about your friend’s Dad…….it is a hard thing. May we all be very aware of the griefs and loss all around us. But GOD! HE knows and sees our tears…….and HE comforts! Bless you Alethea! And your sweet friend.

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  3. The best relationship I have ever had, and it was made the healthiest relationship through the loss of the unhealthy relationships! I am so grateful He draws me close to Him! There’s no other place I’d rather be!
    Me and God love you, Maxine! Praying for you and your loss.
    God knows of your hurt, and cares about every bit of it!

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