Peace Through Times Of Grief And Loss
Written by Priscilla Henley on 08/25/2021
Series: Weekly Devotionals

John 14:27 

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Do you have an understanding of the difference between worldly peace and peace from Jesus? Honestly, up until last week, I did not quite get it. Now I understand, and I am thankful that I do. 

On August 21, 2021, my husband and I had to make a difficult decision that we did not see coming. Our precious cat Leo had a sudden decline in his health beginning at the end of July 2021. My husband and I tried to get Leo all the treatment that he needed. We prayed for him to recover. But, unfortunately, his health continued to decline, and we could not bear to see him in pain with such a poor quality of life. We decided to put our furbaby to sleep. 

I have to be honest. The last several days have hurt deeply. I have shed so many tears that I began to get horrible headaches and nausea. Leo has been my companion for over 12 years. He acted as an emotional support pet for me. During the many years that I struggled with mental illness, he was always right by my side. 

He brought me peace. But, little did I know there is a greater peace that is unlike the world. Worldly peace requires the absence of conflict and struggle, while Godly peace is consistent in any circumstance. Leo could not leave with me the peace he often gave me. However, when Jesus ascended into heaven, he did!

So the lesson I learned is this; though I am grieving a loss, I neither need to be troubled nor afraid. No matter what situation that I find myself in.

As believers, we have a constant flow of the peace of God through the power of The Holy Spirit who lives within us. This peace regulates our heart and mind. Even if you believe you have lost the very thing that you feel gives you the most peace. Do not be discouraged. Do not be afraid. God is and has always been there. Peace from Jesus is the greatest that you will ever know or experience. 

I rejoice that I have no reason to feel like I lost my peace. God’s peace has always been with me. As I continue with my life, I will rely on the peace of God to sustain me through everything I face. I thank God for Leo, but I thank Him even more for being a faithful ever-present God. I have peace through this time of grief and loss. I pray, I read God’s Word, I worship and more!

I encourage you to do the same. Let us accept the peace that Jesus desires to give us. We will never have a reason to be troubled or afraid.

Pray this week:

Dear God,

Thank you for every person and every pet of peace that you have brought into my life. I thank you even more for your peace and comfort. What you give is true and can not be taken from me. Always fill me with a desire for you. Teach me to call on the Holy Spirit when I feel myself slipping into fear. Help me to remember your peace and all it can be in my life. 

In Jesus’ Name, 


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