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I’m hurting, but I see Your love, God.

Dear God, 

I’m coming to You tonight with a broken heart. Grandpa died. I know that You already knew that, but I need to talk to someone.

I know that it was best for Grandpa that he went to sleep—he hasn’t been doing that well lately. And I know that I will see him in heaven when Jesus comes back. But it still hurts. It feels like nothing I’ve felt before. I’ve had pets that died. I’ve had friends die. I’ve hurt. But I’ve never hurt like this.

It feels like my stomach is twisted, and there’s a lump in my throat that won’t go away. Big tears are streaming down my face and soaking into my already-drenched pillow.

God, is this how You felt when Your Son died? Did You wish that You were the one hanging on the cross? When Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), did Your heart rip in two as the Temple curtain did (Luke 23:45)?

I guess I never thought much about what You went through, or how You felt that day 2,000 years ago. My loved one died. Your only Son died. I hurt. You felt His pain as Your own. I have family and friends to surround me with comfort and love. You had the angels.

I have Your promise in 1 Corinthians 15:20-23: “Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming."

You knew Jesus would rise on the third day. Grandpa died because things die on this sinful earth. Jesus died because You both loved us too much to let us die forever. What love—amazing love!

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By Karen Briggs. Reprinted with permission from Insight Magazine, January 21, 2007. Copyright © 2009 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION,® 1982.

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