A Blessing For Those Who Grieve

I was inspired to write this by the many loss survivors I spend time with each week. Jesus said, in scripture, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” In light of his words, I have written this blessing for my friends who grieve…

A Blessing for Those Who Grieve

Blessed are those who unexpectedly cry in the grocery store, while driving down the road in their car, or when they awake in the morning, for their hearts are tender and they have loved deeply.

Blessed are those who have endured the unendurable, faced the unthinkable, and are still standing, for they have strength.

Blessed are those who question, who seek, who dare ask why, who wail and scream, for they are honest about what they feel.

Blessed are those who have had to say good-bye too soon for they know that life is precious and sometimes far too short.

Blessed are those who have regrets, who have failed, who feel guilty, for they know that relationships are sometimes messy and this is what it is to be human. May they know peace.

Blessed are those who feel abandoned, who are judged, who sit alone and wonder where everyone has gone, for they know the true value of faithful friendship.

Blessed are those who tell their story again and again and again…to sales clerks, to strangers in line at Wal-Mart, to unsuspecting people who ask how they are doing, because it is just so hard to believe it is real, for they know the great gift of simple human kindness and a listening ear.

Blessed are those who can no longer hold their loved ones physically, but continue to hold them within their hearts, for they hold a bit of eternity.

Blessed are those who lay awake at 2 am, exhausted by life and yet unable to sleep, may they find rest.

Blessed are those attempting to build a new life without a set of blueprints or an instruction manual, may they have clarity and a vision for the future.

Blessed are those who are now traveling in totally alien territory, with no clear path before them. May they find purpose and meaning.

Blessed are those who feel broken apart, unable to put themselves together again, for they know how much we all need compassion.

Blessed are those learning to carry a reality that cannot be resolved or fixed for they understand that all problems do not have solutions.

Blessed are those who have fallen down, sitting in the ashes of their former lives, for they have crawled, they have stood back up…over and over and over. They are courageous and learning to begin again.

Blessed are those who have experienced deep loss and deep grief. May hope, light, life, and comfort dawn upon their souls as they continue to walk forward.

– Jan Owen
July 2019

2 thoughts on “A Blessing For Those Who Grieve”

  1. Donna Floyd says:

    And Blessed are those who desire to rebuild a happy life, for they have found the first step forward.
    Blessed are those who plan how to rebuild, for they are inspired with hope.
    Blessed are those who put forth the effort to heal, for they will find joy!

  2. Sarah says:

    I love this!!! It’s perfect. And so very true!

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