Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

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I lost my mother last month. I lost, but she gained. She gained heaven, a body free from suffering, a reunion with my dad and other loved ones, and most of all the welcoming embrace of Jesus.

Death is part of life and when we lose loved ones, it hurts. No matter how prepared we are, their departure leaves a void in our lives. We have been connected to family and friends for years and when they are gone, our lives must be adjusted.

I reach for the phone to call my mother, then realize she won’t be answering the ring. I see something in a store and think she would like that, but she isn’t here for me to share it with.

When my eyes fill with tears and I start to grieve, I remind myself of how happy she is now. I picture her youthfulness walking with my dad hand in hand through the gardens of heaven. I see her hugging her parents and brothers and sisters who were already there and laughing with them.

How can I mourn when she is finally without any worry, pain, fear or physical malady?

My earthbound body and mind draw me to dwell on the loss and I am sad. Grieving is part of the process of loss. We cry, and God knows our pain.

Jesus understands. He wept at the tomb of Lazarus because Mary and Martha had lost their brother. He raised the son of the widow of Nain and the daughter of Jairus because He knew the pain the families felt at the loss of their loved one.

And when Jesus died, God grieved. His pain was greater than any we will ever experience. He turned away from His only Son and the earth was in darkness for three hours.

God’s pain bought our joy. Jesus’ pain purchased our right to rejoice for eternity.

Resurrection healed the pain of grief. That’s why one day He can wipe away all our tears.

So, when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? (1 Corinthians 15:54-55 NKJV).

Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. Her first book, God's Maps, Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders was released in March, 2018 and is available at Amazon. She serves as Chaplain for the Word Weavers Madison, Georgia chapter. Barbara posts on her blog.


  1. A beautiful reminder of our hope!

  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Such a necessary reminder of the reality of a Christian who goes home to be with the Lord and those who are left behind temporarily. I still have my mom but she is aging. I don’t want to lose her, ever! But I know I will need to remember your post on this topic. Thank you Barbara!

    • Laura, I am so glad you still have your mom. Treasure each moment and when she does leave this earth and go to her heavenly home you can be comforted in knowing you will see her again.

  3. My prayers are with you in your grief. I understand your emotions, my mom has been gone since 2012 and I still want to turn toward her home when I’m in the area. Thanks for the consoling post. Barb Carter

    • I still want to pick up the phone and call my mom and then I realize she isn’t there. Thanks for sharing, Barb. I hope you are comforted in the memories of your mother.

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