Dealing with Death
Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!” - 2 Samuel 12:18
There was great concern from David’s servants as they had seen his earnest behavior before the Lord. He had refused to listen to them when they tried to raise him from the ground so that he would eat.
If he acted this way when the child was still living, how would he be when they would tell him the child had died? They feared his erratic behavior.
Dealing with death is very difficult. Especially, for the friends and relatives who try to comfort someone who has lost a loved one. They want to be supportive but become awkward––unsure of what to say. They become concerned over how the person is going to react when they are grieving. Would they harm themselves or stop eating? Most people have found that being a supportive listener and pointing those who are grieving to the Lord for comfort, is the most anyone can do.
Second Corinthians 1:3-4 helps us understand how to be of comfort to others when they are hurting:
… the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
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