What to Do While Grieving


You can’t stay here.

The journey of grief is one that you must ultimately decide to complete. You cannot remain where you are right now. Time moves forward, and so must you.

“You can’t stay here because God’s Word is always going forward,” says Dr. Ray Pritchard.

In Philippians 3:14 Paul says that he moved forward toward “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. The Christian life is not static. It is a walk with God that moves you forward into a larger life with God.

The Lord’s plan for your life is pure and simple during this time of grief:

What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. — Micah 6:8.


Lord, may I simply walk with You. Take my hand and guide me through every moment of this day. Amen.


Go Forward with God

When it’s hard to look forward and it’s painful to look back, you need a new perspective, a new focus. Look to the Father and keep your eyes on Him. Every time your thoughts drift away from Him, repeat these words, “Focused on You, Jesus. Focused on You.”

If you keep yourself centered in God, you will be able to move forward again. Cindy offers a suggestion from her own experience. She says, “What is at the center of your life? Just for an hour or two hours, put God at the center of your life and see what happens. Then do it for half a day. Then do it for a day, and see what happens. I think you’ll start feeling that you’re going to be okay, that you can trust God, and that you can do the things you need to do.”

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day… So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:16, 2 Corinthians 4:18


Thank You, God, that I don’t have to strive in my journey, because You have already provided the grace I need to make it. Amen.

Excerpted with permission from Through a Season of Grief by Bill Dunn, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Your Turn

Are you in a season of grief? Do you feel stuck there and don’t know what to do while grieving? Spend some time with God asking Him for the grace to move forward with Micah 6:8 as your emblem. Focus on Jesus! Please share your thoughts and comments on our blog. We also invite you to share today’s blog with someone you know who would be blessed to hear this message. Sometimes people who are grieving just need to know that others are thinking of them and praying for them. ~ Devotionals Daily

Bill Dunn

Bill Dunn is vice president of Church Initiative, Inc. He graduated from Asbury College and received a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1982. During the next fifteen years he served in two pastorates. As a pastor, Bill has had many opportunities to minister to people in grief and observe its extended influence in the lives of family and close friends. Bill's wife, Holly, is an emergency room physician and has seen the process of grief through that lens. Together they co-host the GriefShare video series used in thousands of churches across the United States and beyond.

Kathy Leonard

Kathy Leonard is editorial director for The Church Initiative and the coauthor of several books including Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy, Grieving with Hope, and Divorce Care: Hope, Help, and Healing During and After Your Divorce. After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Maryland Asian Division in Okinawa, Japan, Kathy moved with her Air Force husband, Tim, to England. They now live in Virginia with their three children.

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