Loss of Roots
"Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. " Hebrews 13:8 CEV
Thoughts for Today
This week we have been discussing loss—loss of job, finances, home and other possessions. These losses, especially loss of home, can result in rootedness losses. Children are especially susceptible to loss of roots that happen when their parents move to a new part of town or even to a different town. They have to give up their friends, teachers and familiar surroundings. Leaving the familiar behind and being overwhelmed by the strangeness of the new situation puts pressures on their young lives that can leave indelible marks and bring frustration for years to come.
Loss of roots can also be traumatic for adults. In the types of situations we are considering, at a time when money pressures are great and the future seems uncertain, our sense of security can be further shaken by losing our familiar surroundings and relationships.
There is no quick or easy answer. Working our way through solutions involves a process and takes time. But throughout the process, we can take great comfort in knowing that when everything around us seems to change, Jesus never changes. We can always count on him to be there for us. We can always count on his love, his strength, his guidance, his comfort.
Look to Jesus for your security. Remind your children that even though everything and everyone around them may be new, Jesus has moved with them and will never leave them. His love and care for them (and you) will never change. Rest in him.
Lord, it seems that everything in my life has changed. I have been frightened and confused. Thank you for reminding me that the most important things have not changed. You are still with me. You still love me and will help me through this. You will never change. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Handling Loss and Grief: How to Face Losses in Life and Grieve Christianly by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. This study teaches participants what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss.
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