Inside: What a better time to give Hope when losing a loved one. They are hurt and grieving, however, God promises that He is close to the brokenhearted.
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I don’t know about you, but I always have issues with figuring out what to get someone after a loss. I mean, we don’t want our gift to be insensitive, but we also don’t want to overwhelm someone with sadness if the gifts evoke emotion.
Buying gifts are hard, especially when it’s a delicate time.
Do you think it matters what type of gift in the memory of loved ones we send? What kind of gifts do you give when losing a loved one?
Losing a Loved One
If you’re like me that means either just sending a card or not giving a meaningful gift. What I forget in my lack of planning is that this could be a great time to introduce or lead someone to Jesus. The gift can be a form of ministry that will be available when the receiver is ready.
What a better time to give someone Hope than when they are hurt and grieving. God promises that He is close to the brokenhearted. God also directs us to care for the widowed and orphans, to give them love and compassion, and to lead them to the Source of all Comfort.
The thing is, we are Hope in this world. Jesus isn’t visible so we are the hope leaders to Him. We can give words of hope to lift other’s spirits, ease their weariness, and provide an outlook for a better tomorrow!
You can be the difference in someone’s faith when losing a loved one!
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.
Keeping Showing Up
We show up and offer our gifts, pray and believe God will start softening hearts, because
God tells us in the Bible that He is close to the brokenhearted.
So we watch and wait. Our gifts might seem in vain, but what we can’t see is the soul-deep work.
20 I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
21 Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Finding the Perfect Gift
So many people I know are coming into this Holiday season needing to find gifts for their loved ones or friends who have experienced a recent loss. So I thought I’d put together a gift guide to help you find meaningful gifts and ideas to celebrate the life and memory of the loved one.
Will you join me in praying for peace and comfort as we approach this Holiday season?
God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.
May God give you wisdom and compassion as you gently minister in the midst of great pain!
Sacred Tears: Simple Reminders That God Sees You and Loves YouGrieving the Loss of Someone You Love: Daily Meditations to Help You Through the Grieving ProcessHope When Your Heart Is Breaking: Finding God’s Presence in Your PainThe Christian’s Journey Through Grief: How to Walk Through the Valley With HopeGrieving with Hope: Finding Comfort as You Journey through Loss