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Advent: Grief

“We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14, NIV)

Advent is hands down my favorite time of year. The past few years however, it’s been bittersweet. It’s a time full of memories of my grandmother—Christmases in her home, her collection of nativities, the sets of Christmas song books she gathered so we could sing carols when the family was together…and the fact that it was during this season that God released her from a broken body and took her to be with Him.

I’m so grateful though, that it’s this time of year that holds the most memories of her, because this season also holds so many reminders of why we don’t need to “grieve without hope” (1 Thess. 4:13). Christ’s willingness to come to earth mixes the joy of a sure future with the sadness I feel at our current separation. In fact, the deeper grief I feel as I write this is for my other grandmother, currently living, but without having made the choice to “cross over from death to life” (John 5:24). Praise the Lord that His coming as a baby also offers hope in His miraculous power to redeem those currently far from Him.

Praying that this Advent season brings hope amid your griefs.

Warmly in Christ,

Lena Larsen

For Reflection:

“…you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (1 Thes. 1:9-10, NIV)

  1. What are you grieving this advent season?

  2. How do Christ’s “advents” (His first coming as a child and His future coming as the King) bring hope in the midst of the grief?

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