What have you lost because of COVID-19?

It might be your loved ones. Or your job. Or your sense of normalcy. Whatever it is, there’s a word for the emotion you feel because of that loss:

Grief.

Seeing it as such is only the first step. The next step is deciding what you’ll do with your grief.

It’s not up to you whether something happened to you. And it’s not up to you what emotion you feel because of what happened to you. But it is up to you what you do with your grief. And yes, your grief will find expression.

Bottling up your grief leads to health problems ranging from digestive issues to heart problems. Taking out your grief on the people around you leads to relational problems. Pretending your grief doesn’t matter can lead to all sorts of mental health issues.

This is why Jesus speaks very directly about what he wants you to do with what you feel, and why I made a video on what Jesus says about your grief.

I hope you’re blessed by it.

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anytime we experience loss it doesn’t
just have to be the death of a loved one
it might be the loss of a relationship
or the loss of health or the loss of
normalcy or the loss of a job the
emotions that we feel because of the
loss we’ve experienced that’s called
grief and Jesus has some very specific
things that he wants you to do with your
grief let’s talk about it everybody my
name is crisp Avila and welcome to what
Jesus says about where Jesus speaks for
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what Jesus says about topics important
to you topics like what Jesus says about
grief now you might imagine Christians
and followers of Jesus as people who are
happy all the time and when bad things
happen they just bury their head in the
sand because after all if you’re not
happy then you’re not very holy but when
you look at what Jesus says about grief
you see that that’s not the picture like
at all in fact there’s this one time
where Jesus is talking to a crowd of
people and he tells them a series of
perplexing contrasting kind of
statements and right in the middle of it
he says blessed are those who mourn for
they will be comforted now if you’re
hearing that and you’re going wait what
that doesn’t make sense and then you’re
not alone because everyone in that crowd
had kind of the same reaction going away
Jesus what do you mean blessed are those
who mourn especially when you consider
that the word blessed that he uses could
also be translated as happy so literally
he’s saying happy are the sad I know
right but that’s where the second half
of Jesus’s statement becomes important
because he says happy are the sad for
they will be comforted and this might
sound wishy-washy to you but actually
modern psychology kind of agrees with
Jesus here we know today that if you
suppress or repress your grief you’ll
let it out in unhealthy ways if you
don’t let it out you’ll act it out and
grief isn’t just something you
experience with the death of a loved one
grief can be something you experience
because of a loss of a job or loss of
help or loss of a relationship or the
loss of normalcy and when we stop
playing the tough-guy Act keeping a
stiff upper lip and don’t bother anyone
and we start more
and expressing our grief that’s where we
start to find healing and hope or in the
words of Jesus comforts so how do we do
this well the first thing you can do is
to have a conversation with somebody who
loves you and tell them how you’re
feeling and in that conversation you’ll
start to excavate the emotions you’re
feeling and be able to name them but to
really live out what Jesus says about
grief that’s a conversation he wants you
to have with God so you might just start
with dear God I am grieving the loss of
dot dot dot and then you fill in the
blank yourself it might be dear God I’m
grieving the loss of my spouse or dear
God I am grieving a loss of my health or
my income whatever it might be for you
just tell him and a happier blessed
version of you is waiting on the other
side now Jesus says a whole lot about a
whole lot that’s why I’d be honored if
you would hit like and subscribe so you
can stay up-to-date on what Jesus says
about topics important to you
also I’ve got some other videos that
will maybe help you in your time of
grief that you can check out right here
thanks so much and we’ll see you soon

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