Today, I’ve been thinking about a sweet member of my family who has been aching deeply for the passed months- years. This week, she signed divorce papers. Although she knows it is the right thing to do, she still feels the loss – loss of her dreams and expectations. Her eternal family is now broken apart as well as her heart.
She doesn’t know when the pain will depart, but I know that through Jesus and his atonement, it will. As she picks up the pieces of her life and offers them to Christ, he will help her carry the burden until she sees the sunshine again. It’s only him who can make her whole again. It’s only Christ who can consecrate her pain and suffering, and that of her children, to their good and eternal benefit.
Grief isn’t easily shed. It takes time and grace to heal. And it takes suffering. That’s the part we would rather not experience, but if we turn to the Savior, our suffering can make us more like him.
I know that he waits with a compassionate heart for each of us to bring our pain to him. No wound is too small for the healing power of Jesus Christ. And one day, our pain will turn to joy and understanding.