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New Life Daily Devotion - Dec. 16, 2009

  • 2009 Dec 16

Honest Grieving
1 Samuel 1:2-18

Circumstances in life can be overwhelming. Yet at times, the grief we feel is misunderstood by those who observe us going through it. They may despise us, look down on us for our "weakness," or think we're losing our grasp on reality. On the contrary, when the pain of living becomes overwhelming, we aren't crazy to grieve. It would be crazy for us not to!

God looks on our hearts and has compassion for us in our times of grief, even when those around us don't understand. Hannah was overwhelmed by grief in response to a troubling family situation. "Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the LORD. . . . Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, [Eli] thought she had been drinking. 'Must you come here drunk?' he demanded. 'Throw away your wine!' 'Oh no, sir!' she replied. 'I haven't been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the LORD. Don't think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.' 'In that case,' Eli said, 'go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him'" (1 Samuel 1:9-10, 13-17).

Sometimes what people see as insane behavior is really grief being expressed. At these times we need loving support to acknowledge our pain.

As we turn to face our pain and grief, we will discover that God is there with us.