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Moving within the Mourning

Moving within the Mourning

November 9, 2011 at 5:13pm
Moving within the Mourning


I know you’re wondering what sense am I making in the title…well, let me start off with a story. Recently, I’ve just got laid off from my job that I was sure that I felt that this company was the place that I felt that I could be working for in years to come. It was a different kind of company that I’ve ever worked for considering the product, the operation, as well as, the procedures that were required to each employee to follow. In my mind, I was willing to do whatever I need to do to make sure that I stay in good standing with the company. Oh yeah, did I tell you that I was working as a temporary contractor & I wasn‘t even full-time yet..? One of the reasons why is because it offered such a great package as far as benefit, wages, & most of all, the hours. I even quit my last job that was paying a lot less than this company & the benefit package wasn’t all that much to talk about.


So, there I was, working  the hours, doing the work, maintaining my attendance, so that I would be one of the 1’s that will stand out to be a potential hire within this company & receive all of the benefits & perks that the full-time employees were very much enjoying & talking about. Then, the bottom fell out. By the beginning of the third month of my start date of working for this company, the representative from the Temp Agency had a meeting with everyone that was working for the Company through the Temp Agency, & told us that “..The Company has overly predicted their hiring needs, so you all are now laid off. Turn in all of your badges...!”. To make a long story shorter than it already is..I am now back to looking for a job.


My wife, one day, came to me & says..”One thing that I cannot say about you is that you are not lazy. You don‘t sit around & blame everybody else for your situation like most men do when they lose a job!” I took that as a compliment(..I take it when I can get it..!).


Now, back to my title & why I choose this title. We all seem to lose something in our life time, in fact we tend to lose a lot of things. It could be a family treasure, a job, money, loved ones(..even though they are not lost..). Whatever it is & if it has a major influence in our lives, the Spirit of Grief or Mourning will come upon us. Grief is a gift from God that allows us to feel the void of that missing item or person that was once there. We MUST allow grief or mourning to take it’s course, it gives us insight of the reality of things not permanent in our lifetime.


Grief: Deep mental anguish, as over a loss. Sorrow. Mourn. <webster ii="" new="" college="" dictionary=""></webster>


Grief is a place that none of us what to go. If we could turn it on and then turn it off, I think that we all would be satisfied with that option. Opposed to not knowing when it’s going to happen when something or somebody is no longer assessable to us at any giving time. It’s a very emotional moment when the Spirit of Mourning comes into your heart.


Job, was a man who the Scriptures called him “..A perfect and upright man. One that feared God and eschewed evil.”. God Himself, claimed that  “..There is none like him in the earth..!”. Job had it all. A good wife, plenty of children, lots of servants, money, & livestock. Then one day God allowed Satan to take it all away from Job, even made him sick with sores all over his body(Job 1:1-19).  To make matters worst, his friends accused Job of self-affliction on the basis of Job must’ve did or said something that would cause such occurrences to happen to him(Job 2:11-13).  But Job moved in his mourning..


“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. And said, Naked came I out of my mother‘s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”(Job 1:20-22)


One thing I’ve learned from Job is that even though I’m going through something, whatever it is, I’ve got to keep moving. God is still in control & if I allow the Spirit of Grief overtake my very mental, spiritual, psychological, and physical being. I could not be an effective vessel to Him, myself, or to my family.


So, in closing, I will quote the words of Job..


“Naked I came & naked I shall go, the Lord giveth & the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”


May God bless those who reads this..even me.


Terrance