Times of Loss
Insights by Christina Kopriva
By Christina Kopriva, MD | July 01, 2014
I always try to keep these posts real to what’s going on in my life and what God is teaching me at the time. This last month was a time of loss as my grandmother passed away in a house fire. The unexpected loss is often times harder than one you know is coming because you have no time to prepare for it…no goodbyes…no time to get things in order. Through the last few weeks of reflection and grieving, God has reminded me of several important things. First, He reminded me that everything we store up in life is useless to us. When we die, it just gets passed on for others to use and you can’t take anything with you. Second, our life is like a vapor in time and we never know when God will call us home. I see this often working in a trauma center. Being young is not a guarantee you will not die at any time. And third, keep your relationships good at all times because tomorrow may be too late to say "I'm sorry." In all of the hustle and bustle of life, remember that God is the most improtatnt thing in life, because everything else is temporary and comes and goes, but God is the one who endures forever.
Here are some Scriptures to reflect on:
- "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where theives do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21, NIV 2011).
- "Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You aer a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that'" (James 4:13-16, NIV 2011).
- "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever" (1 Peter 1:24 -25a, NIV 2011).