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Perspectives on Grief and Love November 17, 2016

freda_blog_pictureI felt so encourage by the recent blog, “Meet Osborn, Reflections by Daniel Kassahn.” The concept of grief and suffering for others has been a huge challenge for me. For too many years, I caused suffering for people around me. I first had to make the shift from being a source of grief, to a person who would bring encouragement, compassion, and love to people. This has been a journey of grace; Jesus Christ has helped me to set aside the violence that I learned, by being a victim, and embrace the gracious fruit of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:22, 23) love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I have been challenged by Osborn’s example and encouragement to be willing to suffer on the behalf of another. I have been praying, asking the Lord what this might look like in my life. I too easily get cranky when I’ve worked hard to prepare a beautiful, sumptuous Thanksgiving meal. This year, I will endeavor to smile and love them and not grumble. I think this is just the beginning; I am not looking to suffer, but my heart has been softened to whatever the Lord wants to do in and through my life. I sense that God is going to bring me to a new level of worshiping Him, through a walk of suffering, that others may know and receive His love.

“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief” (Isaiah 53:10, NKJV)

Jesus bore upon Himself the suffering for my sin; it was because of His willingness that I am in relationship with the Triune God. Jesus is the greatest teacher about suffering and lifting others up in love. I am thankful for Osborn, who is also an example of a willing heart and active hands for the Kingdom of God.

Submitted by Freda Emmons

Bethany Stroup

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