There Is No Language For This Loss


She stood in black. I didn’t know what to say. The death had been so sudden. I was at a loss. I extended my hand and offered my condolences, but no words could convey my thoughts and emotions. Echoing in her mind were the words of a recent song:

“Now everybody’s come. My loved ones file by. I stand here feeling numb, while family and friends hug me as they cry. There is no language for this loss.” (“Don’t Know What to Say”, Olivia Newton-John, Liv On, 2016)

Now everybody’s left and they have gone on with their lives! The world is till turning but the feeling is not the same for those left behind. As she stands looking out her bedroom window she ponders her emotions.

“Now so much time has past but for me it is standing still. And way too soon they’ll ask that I stop looking back, I hope someday I will.” (“Don’t Know What to Say”)

This love we feel for others is the most divine gift given to us by a loving Father. It is the essence of who we are and what we so desire to take with us. As Paul stated to the Romans:

“…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (6:23)

If you have ever stood in black, there really is ‘no language’ for the loss. But there is a name by which we can draw strength, comfort and hope. The greatness of the gospel of Christ is that we can stop looking back. Time does move forward and the loss and grief we feel now will be replaced with the love we so deserve and desire. Is there any greater doctrine of which I would want to embrace?

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