Insights from the Handout
I think no one excused from experiencing grief. It is normal like what the handout says. We cannot escape this feeling because it comes naturally since we are rational human being capable of feeling and understanding. I believe that we all need to cry when we experience pain. Others cry for several different reasons. Among them includes physical and emotional pain. People also cry when they are frustrated or disappointed or unable to express what they feel. Crying, however, does not constitute to weakness. Contrary to the cliché men don’t cry, everyone is allowed to cry. In fact, every once in a while men needs to cry too. It is not a sign of weakness nor is it a homosexual tendency. Cry is a good way of handling grief. There are in fact studies that support the claim that it is healthy to cry.
In confronting grief and misery it is often necessary to allow yourself to feel the pain. Others are too eager to escape or avoid pain that when they are unable to escape it or run away from it, they get too overwhelmed that some could only resort to suicide and other forms of self-destruction. When going through some tough times, it is necessary to hold on your support groups for support. People like families and friends help one get a good perspective on things. In addition, keeping a journal could also help because it allows you to go through you are when you are currently facing trial. This will help you realize how much you have endured, and this is just a phase that you will again triumphantly overcome.
Finally, it would always help to put your trust in God. As they say, miracles do happen, and God will help you in that aspect. Always keep a positive view of things. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. It would help to read the Bible and learn from the experiences of God’s disciples. Some of them battled the biggest storm, but God did not abandon them because God promised that all we have to do is ask, seek and knock. Help will follow after.
Insights from the Bible Verses
After going over the Bible verses, I was able to realize that no one is exempted from experiencing grief. Even Jesus had to go through it when his friend Lazarus died, and He was not there to help his friend. We usually experience grief because of frustration and disappointment. However, we have to realize that grief is inevitable. In life, we will necessarily have to pass by this stage or point in our lives where we cannot have everything, or we do not have an answer to every question. It is best to go back to this verse John 11:33-38, which narrates where Jesus himself cried because he was grieving for the lost of a friend.
We have to remember that while we cannot explain the reason for why certain things have to happen. It would help to express this through crying as Jesus himself cried in John 11:33-38 after losing a dear friend and again in Matthew 27:46 when he was in fear. It can also be realized that even Jesus tends to question certain things but in the end it would help if instead of questioning, we simply open our hearts to understanding and accepting the things as they happen.
The verses in the bible also give us the realization that amidst the problems that we experience and despite the complexities of life, God is always willing to listen. We should always resort to prayer and have a regular communion with God. It will give us hope that things will work out well in the future.
We should also not allow ourselves to wallow in misery as with Psalm 31:9. David lament that he is consumed with grief that his entire being is consummated by it. I think it could be interpreted that when we allow grief to overwhelm us and control us, we become ruled by it. In return, our physical body gets affected, so we get sick. We cannot eat, think and do things because we are enslaved by misery. So after a while we should learn to let go of our pains.