Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
~Matthew 5:4

The tears came before I could even hang up the phone, my heart breaking from the news of my friend’s death. “How can this be, God? He was so young,” I cried out into the emptiness that now engulfed me.

“He came home, Sparrow,” God said lovingly and sat down next to me.

“But I loved him! I don’t want him to be gone,” I sobbed.

“Yes, you did love him, and love makes you vulnerable. It opens you to grief,”  God said.

“What do I do with my grief?” I asked.

“Keep your heart open. Keep reaching out. Your heart will soon feel me—my love—reaching back to it, holding it safe within my compassion,” God replied.

I leaned my head against God’s strong shoulder for comfort. He touched my face with His gentle hand and I felt His love flowing through me. I sighed, giving in to my anguish, but knowing that with His love I’d get through the pain.



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