Why haven’t I been blogging? Loss and grief are common problems, and I have been experiencing loss and grief. My lady has Alzheimer’s Disease. For the time being, if I can help her then I have more than enough to do.
Do I have any desire to blog about my wife’s problems or my sorrows? Should I? Alzheimer’s is common enough, but we generally put the people who have it in institutions and hide them away. Perhaps that is unavoidable. Home health care is an expensive proposition. Also, we have just begun to understand that diseases of mind are little different from other diseases. That is, instead of laughing at the mentally ill, we should be more empathetic, realizing we could very easily experience a similar illness. So, I suppose I could share my burden and help some people by sharing my experiences. However, that is not what this blog is about, and I am not ready for it.
So, what is this post about? Well, it is not the adaption of Daniel 9 I expected to write in Part 2 of this series. It is a reply to the folks who commented upon my last post, directorfsm, Michael Wilson, River Dixon, insanitybytes22, scatterwisdom, Doug, and Silence of Mind. Thank you for your prayers and your observations.
The last comment, from Silence of Mind, is the one that best states the question this quote addresses..
We know not ought how we should pray. ~Saint Paul
That’s why God gave us the Bible. Here is more from Saint Paul from 2 Timothy 3-16:
“16 Everything in the scripture has been divinely inspired, and has its uses; to instruct us, to expose our errors, to correct our faults, to educate us in holy living;”
Recently, I asked the members of a men’s club I belong to, “What is the protocol for dealing with grief?”
The answer was crickets.HTTPS://CITIZENTOM.WORDPRESS.COM/2022/02/16/A-PATTERN-OF-PRAYER-PART-1/#COMMENT-102390
What is the protocol for dealing with grief? The Bible most certainly touches upon the subject of grief. Consider how Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 describe the suffering the Messiah would experience. Consider how the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, describe the suffering Jesus did experience. Consider that many of the Psalms are laments.
Lament is a major theme in the Bible and particularly in the book of Psalms. To lament is to express deep sorrow, grief, or regret. The psalms of lament are beautiful poems or hymns expressing human struggles. The psalms of lament comprise the largest category of psalms, making up about one third of the entire book of Psalms. These psalms are prayers that lay out a troubling situation to the Lord and make a request for His help.(WHAT ARE THE PSALMS OF LAMENT? (WWW.GOTQUESTIONS.ORG))
What is the protocol for dealing with grief — with loss? Prayer. The psalms are songs. The psalms are also prayers. When we pray out of loss and grief, we seek the will of God.
- What is our Lord’s purpose?
- What does our Lord want us to do?
- What lesson should we learn?
- We remember our Lord’s gifts and thank Him.
- We request that our Lord end our suffering and pain for the sake of His glory because we are His people.
- And so forth.
Consider what the Bible says about suffering in the Book of Hebrews.
It is a frightening thought. God disciplines us. God is sovereign. He allows every awful thing that happens to us to happen, and those awful things are part of His plan for our lives. Yet it is also a consoling thought. Our suffering is not pointless. It has a purpose. Even the suffering of my lady and my sorrow and my grief has a purpose. In some way I do not yet entirely understand, God allows us to suffer to achieve a greater purpose that is for our benefit. And so we pray for wisdom and understanding that we might in time find joy even in our suffering.
As the Apostle Paul said.
Does prayer end our suffering? No, but it can bring peace and consolation.