The Cry of Our Hearts

God grieves over His children:

“My people are hell-bent on leaving Me. They pray to god Baal for help. He doesn’t lift a finger to help them. But how can I give up on you, Ephraim? How can I turn you loose, Israel?

“. . . I can’t bear to even think such thoughts. My insides churn in protest. And so I’m not going to act on My anger. I’m not going to destroy Ephraim. And why? Because I am God and not a human. I’m the Holy One and I’m here ~ in your very midst.” Hosea 11:7-9, MSG

King David grieves over the loss of his son:

“The king was stunned. Heartbroken, he went up to the room over the gate and wept. As he wept he cried out, ‘O my son Absalom, my dear, dear son Absalom! Why not me rather than you, my death and not yours? O Absalom, my dear, dear son!”  2 Samuel 18:33, MSG

Jesus grieves over Jerusalem:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let Me.”  Matthew 23:37, NLT

Jesus cries to His Father:

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ ~ which means ~ My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me [deserted Me and left Me helpless and abandoned]?”  Mark 15:34, AMP

The cry of our hearts:

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?”  Psalm 22:1, NIV

Dear Heavenly Father, I get it now:

Loss didn’t begin with me on earth. It began with You in heaven. Losing Lucifer and so many of Your angels much have caused You horrible anguish. I picked out just a few scriptures in Your precious Word that speak of Your grief and ours, but there are many more. These especially touched a resounding chord in my heart as they have echoed and reechoed down through the ages in these pages; cried out by so many of Your children.

I can relate so profoundly to the pain of King David. I wept when I read his words, the ones he cried when he heard of his son’s death.They were the exact words I have said over and over since our son died. It is devastatingly painful to reveal that I also said them to my son before he took his life. So he knew that I would gladly have given my life to save his . . . only I could not do it then and I cannot do it now. Only Jesus can save a life.

He [Jesus] must have agonized over His decision to save us before His crucifixion, according to His Words written above. They read with such profound pain as if they were literally ripped from His throat. What a struggle! What a gift He gives to us! And because He died . . . and lives, we can live; though we first must die. I couldn’t save my son, but Your Son Jesus can . . . and did. What a totally selfless act! What an awesome sacrifice for Love!

Thank You, Father and Son, for Your gift of eternal life.

~from Shattered by Suicide

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