Loss of a job, loss of a marriage, loss of a home, loss of a family pet, all bring us to tears. Losing a loved one, be it family, a friend or a neighbor brings even greater pain to us. All of these losses are difficult and leave an emptiness in our heart.
The loss of a spouse is unimaginable. From the newly married to those celebrating 50+ years together; losing the very one you have chosen to spend your life with seemingly takes away the very breath of life. The earlier it happens, the greater the loss of fulfillment is as you are left wondering what the years ahead would have been like.
The loss that is the greatest of all is the loss of an unfulfilled life: the loss of a child. The younger the child, the greater the loss of fulfillment is. The death of any child cannot be measured; ask any parent. The pain and the grief are beyond words; beyond thought.
Some will suffer through all of these losses: others, only some of them. Each of us will experience at least one. For every birth, there is a death; for every hello, a goodbye.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)