IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon died recently after suffering severe injuries in a 15-car wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300. He was just 33 years old and left behind a wife and two sons. His death was both untimely and shocking. Accidental Death is like that. There is no time to prepare, no time to adjust; it comes on us like a freight train. It leaves us with an overwhelming sense of loss and confusion.
If you are coping with the unexpected loss of your loved one, you know that grief is a merciless companion. The loss you feel today will not always frame your existence, but you may spend many months or even years mourning your loss. Grief and loss will not be ignored.
Bereavement is necessary after the death of a loved one. I believe grief stems from the fact that mankind was not created to die. We were created to live without the fear of death. We were created for eternal life.
We suffer death now only because long ago, man rebelled against God and his authority over us. God understands the loss you feel and His compassion toward you can be very healing. He offers you a relationship with Him that can help you overcome death and it’s hold over you once and for all.
When you pray and ask God for help, He promises to hear you and answer. Bereavement is not an easy thing to deal with. You will still need help coping with death, but you will not fear death because Jesus Christ will be with you. He will comfort you in the midst of your pain.
Your victory over the grief you feel can begin with a simple prayer: “Dear Jesus, You know I am wounded and hurting right now. I feel grief like I’ve never known. I am tired of trying to cope with this loss myself. I need You to become Lord and Savior of my life. I need forgiveness for the wrong things I have done. I need to live for you so that I can overcome my fear of death. Thank you for the promise of eternal life.” Let us know that you have prayed the prayer and we will walk with you through your grief journey.