Standing by God in His hour of grieving
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Standing by God in His hour of grieving human suffering, theological reflection, and Christian solidarity by John W. De Gruchy

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Published by C.B. Powell Bible Centre, University of South Africa in Pretoria .
Written in English


  • Suffering -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.,
  • Suffering of God.

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Bibliography: p. 31-32.

StatementJohn W. De Gruchy.
SeriesC.B. Powell public lectures
LC ClassificationsBT732.7 D33
The Physical Object
Pagination32 p. --
Number of Pages32
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14610898M
ISBN 100620093129

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wrote, "Christians stand by God in His hour of grieving." As Donald Evans observes, "It is as if Bonhoeffer were standing by a grief-stricken friend., helping him by being present, as together they mourn the loss of humanity in human life.’’3 Such a view of God and his relationship to the events of our lives does not strip God of his divinity. This book is the first volume of a trilogy entitled LOSS OF DAY. The title is from a sonnet by Rupert Brooke: Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour, And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping, With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power, To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping, Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary, Leave the sick hearts that 4/5. Grief, particularly the sadness of grieving the loss of a loved one, is one of the darkest hours we could ever experience. It is something that goes beyond our comprehension, something so devastating it destroys the most beautiful dreams we have ever had with and for our beloved ones.5/5.   He knows them all already, but when we speak the truth to him, we give up the pretense that the depth of our sorrow is somehow secret, somehow hidden from his sight. Lamenting to God is obedient grief. God invites us to pray to him in this way. Psalm instructs us, “Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us” (ESV).

  In this gem of a book first published in , theologian Loraine Boettner () explains what the Bible says about life after death versus alternate views that are unsupported by Scripture. Be sure to read the section on why Christians should not want their loved ones who die in the Lord to return to this present world. A Simple, Powerful Way to Care for People Who Are Grieving. Journeying through Grief is a set of four short books to send to people at four crucial times during the first year after the loss of a loved one.. Author Kenneth C. Haugk writes in a warm, caring style, with short, easy-to-read chapters. He walks alongside the reader through the grief journey, sharing helpful insights about grief. God upholds all things by the Word of His power and that Word will come to pass in my life!” Here are six scriptures to stand on to do just that—to build your faith in difficult times. Isaiah Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. But God’s grace is sufficient for all our needs. God guides us through the valley of the shadow of death. Even Job experienced profound blessings from God after his trial and tragedy, so much so that “the Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first” (Job ).

In the hour of need, He is standing by. When Hagar, with Ishmael her son, was cast out and wandered throughout deserts of Beersheba not bearing to look upon the starved, famishing, thirsting face of her dying son, she laid him down in the shade of a little desert bush and withdrawing herself, the Bible says, about a bow shot distance, she bowed her head and wept before the Lord [Genesis ]. The Lord lifts us up from our personal pits of despair and puts us in right standing with Him. When times of grief and trouble arrive — even trouble we bring upon ourselves — we must turn to God and wait patiently for His help. He will never fail us. The Lord has promised to .   His goodness is also the cause of great sorrow at the time of his death, for now only the memories remain. This service also provides us with the occasion to reflect on the goodness of God. At a time of personal sorrow and grief, thoughts of the goodness of God may be doubted by some. In times of grief, God often seems distant and out of reach. But that’s more about what grief does to us than it is about God. The Bible promises a number of ways that God shows his care for us. These are promises we can cling to in times of loss. God offers the peace of his presence. Hebrews For God has said, “I will never fail you.