The Imprisonment of Grief

We can go through grief by not holding onto the idea of the strangeness of it. Spurgeon’s morning devotion from May 31st points to 2 Samuel 15:13.

This morning’s devotion spoke of:

·   Kidron the filthy brook that flowed through Jerusalem as being symbolic of sorrow.

·   David being both the Lord’s Anointed and the Lord’s Afflicted. “Why then should we expect to escape? At sorrow’s gates…”

·   King Jesus himself having to go over the brook Kidron too. Specifically quoting, “In all our afflictions he was afflicted.”

Spurgeon says, “The idea of strangeness in our trials must be banished at once and forever, for he who is the Head of all saints, knows by experience the grief which we think so peculiar.”

The idea of strangeness is allowing our thought patterns to determine this experience is something abnormal. It leads to unhealthy thoughts and actions.

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Grief. Is one of those things that we all. We'll have to go through a one day. We think we are ready for it at least. That's what I thought. When something happens, I'll be ready for it. But. I was not ready for it. Hello and welcome to a Prisoner's Pardon podcast this is Michi J, your host We left off last time talking about how death in a family can lead chaos, where members of the family start fighting amongst each other because it's high emotions and people are not understanding what's going on. Now we're talk about how an individual who's grieving can up feeling isolated in a dark place and feeling hopeless. This is a doorway to a spiritual or mental prison as well. And like I said before, on this podcast, we deal with not just physical prisons, but also spiritual and mental ones too. Grief is a strange feeling that I haven't went through before. I've had death in my family before, but no one this close and now I understand how devastating it can be and going through it it made me realize that this could lead to a spiritual or mental prison. I was reading on May 31st the morning devotion from Spurgeon. It spoke on 2 Samuel 15:13. It says the king also himself passed over the brook of Kidron. That's a brook that flows through Jerusalem and it carries all the filth and everything people would throw out. And it symbolizes here sorrow or any kind of despair or adversity you may be going through. And he spoke about the idea of strangeness. Spurgeon says the idea of strangeness in our trials must be banished at once and forever. For he who is the head of All Saints knows. By experience the grief, which we think so peculiar. I was struggling with this grief and feeling peculiar. I looked into it more. The idea of strangeness and the feeling of strangeness are two different things. The idea of it meaning the unhealthy side, is the thoughts that will lead into permanency. Staying in that that will actually suck you into like a dark place or a isolated place where you feel like there's no hope. Where you actually start to weaken current relationships. You don't create opportunities for new relationships, and your job and everything that you were involved in before just starts to just go away because now you're in this dark place. The feeling of strangeness is where we can just go through it. He points us to look at Christ and how he had to pass over this too. And the healthy part about this is going through it and seeing that he went through it and someone else went through it, and that you're not alone. That it gives you hope and someone positive to follow. In this instance, you will strengthen current relationships, be able to create new relationships and get back on track of what you were doing before and get into a healthy place where there is hope and you are surrounded by people and you actually take this situation and you do good with it. It becomes not just a place of death, but a place of life, and it creates life, it creates opportunities for new relationships. It creates, opportunities for you to help other people. And it gives you an appreciation of life not just how short it can be, but how lovely it be. I've come to understand that grief just comes unannounced. But even though it, if it comes unannounced, it doesn't have to stay. You can be there and have an outlook of hope.