A Parents Worst Nightmare - losing a child

  A Parents Grief - #APG

​​​​Weeping is a normal response.  Not just the normal crying, like over a disappointment but weeping - sobbing, sniveling, whimpering, bawling and crying at the same time.  Mourning, lamenting to your very core.  Tears, shaking, unable to breath, sorrow so overpowering you can not imagine how you can ever feel normal again.


It's okay to weep.  Weeping is found through-out God's Word.  


When Jacob was handed Joseph's tunic covered in blood, Jacob believed a wild beast had killed his son.  Gen 37:34 "So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.  Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted.  And he said, "Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son."  So his father wept for him.


When Jacob died, Joseph wept.  Genesis 50:1-3 Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him and kissed him.  Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father.  So the physicians embalmed Israel.  Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming.  And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days."


When Aaron did on the mountain top, the house of Israel wept.  Numbers 20:29 When all the congregation saw that Aaron had died, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.


When David was told of Saul and Jonathan' s death, David and all the men with him wept.  2 Samuel 1:11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so also did all the men who were with him.  They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.  


When David was told of Absalom's death he wept.  2 Samuel 18:33 - 19:2 The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept.  And thus he said as he walked, " O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom!  Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"  Then it was told Joab, "Behold, the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom."  The victory that day was turned to mourning for all the people, for the people heard it said that day, "The king is grieved for his son."


The Biblical account of Lazarus' death has a response from Jesus himself that is so very telling.  John 11:35  Jesus wept.


It is more than okay to weep.  It's a natural human emotion which is God given.  BUT, notice there is a time limit.  You should not go on weeping forever.  There will always be times of weeping.  More than likely for the rest of our lives.  I do not know, I only know that from time to time - I weep.  I also cry from time to time.


 BUT,   If you are still "weeping" after a period of time that seems unreasonable, please, please, please seek help.


Talk to your Doctor as soon as possible to let them know you need help.  The American Psychological Association can help you find a local Psychologist.  
The 
American Psychiatric Association can help you find a Psychiatrist.  Please never hesitate to seek professional help!









Death is not the only time of weeping in Scripture.  Weeping over sin, destruction and adversity  is also in Scripture.  Topical and word searches in Scripture is the way to help find peace.  Answers to all of life are found in the Word.  I use several different websites. One of my favorites is Blue Letter Bible.  The website has user friendly search tools along with commentaries.

Weeping is found in Scripture