Psalm 42:5:6 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God. (NIV)

Lord, here I am, making up the bed, gathering the sheets, and smoothing them over. I just picked up the pillow to fluff it up, and there they were — the Kleenex under my pillow — still wet from last night.

I remember that, after bedtime prayer, I lay to think about the sudden passing of my brother's wife. The floodgates opened up and my emotions took their leave. I couldn't control it, nor did I wish to stop. I knew I was not alone, for You were there. I felt I needed to just let go. You gave me that time to grieve and it was good. You know how I feel, and where I am.

Lord, I thank you for that time we had alone, coming together in prayer. Let my focus always be on You. Help those of us who are thinking of a dear one whose life has been taken away; it is something we cannot change. When a loss comes in death, or in an illness that brings us pain, let nothing change our walk in Your presence. Lift the veil, for life is more than times of grief. Our strength is in You, and we can share life's tragic moments — as well as joyous times — together.

Looking forward in hope, help us to stand firm in our faith. Life is Your creation, and Jesus is our Saviour. Our lives belong to You, oh God, and that's where our hope lies. Surely we shall all have those times when we shall reach for the Kleenex under our pillow. In times when we have surrendered a life back to You, from where it came, help us to remember that, for those who die believing in Jesus, there will be no more pain, no more suffering.

Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (NIV)

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