At first glance this might seem impossible, or at least highly unlikely. However, when one examines the Bible or even takes note of life’s experiences he sees otherwise. Bereavement can be beneficial. If God can make all things work together for good as the Bible proclaims and if God’s grace is sufficient for every need as God promised, then we must believe that even the bitter cup of bereavement can be a blessing.
J. R. Miller said:“One blessing from the breaking of a home circle is that thus we are led to think of our better home. If things went always smoothly with us here, if no flowers ever faded, if there were never any interruption in our earthly joys—we would not think of the enduring things of the eternal and invisible world. It is when earthly good fails us—that we learn to set our affections on heavenly good. Many a man has never found his home in God—until his human nest was desolated by the storms of sorrow!
A bereavement in a household, draws all the family closer together. Love never reaches its sweetest and best, until it has suffered. Homes which never have been broken, may be very happy in love, and very bright with gladness; but, after sorrow has entered as a guest, there is a depth in the love which was never experienced before. It is a new marriage when young parents stand side by side by the coffin of their first-born.”
Since, of the “all things” we experience in life, we consider the death of a loved one to be the most painful, if the grace of God can bring good out of that He can do the same with anything. Rest assured my dear friend that you won’t face anything today, or tomorrow, that cannot result in a blessing of some sort if you but trust God to make a gain out of your loss.