Praise be to the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flows over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 2 Cor. 1:3-5 (NIV)
I know grief. I understand the cut that splits the heart when we love and lose somebody. In the past 16 years, I have lost eleven close relatives. With the exception of two years, I have attended a family funeral every year from 2006 through 2012. In 2006, my family had two significant losses. A few weeks ago was the first in a very long time that I can recall being with my mother’s relatives and not having a cloud of death upon us.