Grief can be a cruel tyrant.
Faith can unravel during grief. The very thing that should be carrying a griever through the storm is the very thing from which they have emotionally detached. Christian grievers are often offered soothing and victorious Scriptures as a means of encouragement. The problem is, when someone feels disconnected, apathetic or angry towards God, those Scriptures can chafe an already wounded heart.
But the Bible has the amazing ability to meet us right where we are, even if where we are is in a deep chasm of confusion, bitterness and apathy.
Sometimes only Scriptures drenched in desperation can reach the wounded heart. What if the griever could look at verses that reflect the darkness, the festering ooze, the raw honesty of despair? Those Scriptures can meet them right in that dark abyss and show them that their disconnect isn’t all that abnormal, their fractured faith isn’t all that hopeless and the apathy and anger isn’t beyond God’s reach.
After feeling validated … understood … seen … the truths and comfort of Scripture can penetrate past defensive walls that are often erected during grief and tragedy.
Faith Unraveled is a devotional which delves into the real, the raw, the broken, and captures God’s compassion and faithfulness in its midst.
Release date June 1, 2022. More information will be posted as it comes available.
Author’s Note: My deep desire in this project was to meet struggling grievers right where they’re at— which is usually rock bottom. Rock bottom is a great place for God to rebuild. (ask me how I know!) I wanted Scripture to comfort them in a way most people don’t think about. As a pastor’s wife, I struggled with my faith after losing my husband. And most Scriptures tossed my way simply defeated me because I felt so detached from the fluffy, faith-filled message. As I realized I wasn’t alone in this struggle, I embraced the idea that God met even this need of ours in His word. So many Bible “heroes” had severe moments of depression, anger or doubt. I want to let their words speak to the wounded soul.