When Losses Come

This is a time of year where we are reminded to be thankful for all the blessings we have from God which may include health, prosperity, friendships, family, etc. But what about the loss or losses you may have experienced this past year? Perhaps you recently lost a job or experienced a divorce. Some of you may have experienced a major set back with health the loss of a loved one or family member, or friend.

To lose a parent or sibling is difficult, but to lose a child is so difficult. I know of several people who have experienced this and the grief is still real. A loss and grief that is indescribable unless you have been through this experience yourself.
Jesus wept” is the shortest verse John 11:35; but speaks volumes of God’s love, compassion, grief, comfort, and understanding for you.

During these times of crisis, this can be a challenge to your faith. The ‘Why?” How could this ever happen to me? The enduring pain of grief that comes like the ocean waves over you in moments of a small memory with that loved one or friend. In spite of all of what may have happened the Lord wants you and I to trust Him in these difficult times. Even in the most difficult of days. God teaches us to be thankful even when life sucks! He reminds us of the good times and the gift He gave you when your friend, family, son or daughter were here on earth. I was reminded how life is vain and empty without a personal relationship with the Lord. The hope and assurance of heaven for those in Christ who God gives us a promise of the resurrection of hope.

To trust God takes faith beyond our own reasoning and releasing everything into the hands of a loving heavenly Father so our hearts are not troubled, even in times of deep sorrow. To be thankful in all circumstances to God no matter how difficult your situation you may be experiencing will make you a stronger, better person not bitter or angry. God’s nature and character is good in spite of the losses we experience.

     "In every circumstance be thankful for this is the will of God concerning you in Christ Jesus" 

This is an act of our will and net necessarily our feelings.

My prayer for you today is to let go, release, and trust God completely and that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen, and comfort you today and the days to come.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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