Working your way through the grieving process is difficult, especially during the holiday season. Finding ways to grow gratitude often seems impossible. Whether you’re journeying through grief due to the loss of a loved one, miscarriage, income loss, or other troubles, there is hope. How can we find gratefulness when our hearts are sorrowful?
Here are a few ways to grow gratitude through grief during the holiday season.
1. Dive Deeply Into Scripture
The Word of God is our most powerful tool through the grieving process. Numerous accounts of loss are recorded in Scripture, and it’s comforting to know that God places these accounts in His Word as a source of hope.
Along with these accounts, are hundreds of verses to comfort us during this time of sorrow and suffering. We indeed have a future and a hope to cling to when we simply want to retreat into dark places and pause life.
- Deuteronomy 33:27 – “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
- Psalm 25:5 – “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
- Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
- Psalm 63:7-8 – “Because you are my help, I sing from the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” 2. Count Your Blessings
2. Count Your Blessings
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” – Psalm 103:2
Counting your blessings may seem like a small thing, but it reaps lasting benefits. The slow, simple act of recording or naming your blessings can cover your wounds as thankfulness seeps into your soul. The more we name our blessings, the less we dwell on the things (or people) we’ve lost.
3. Seek Slowness and Savor the Moments
During seasons of grief, it seems so much easier to keep busy. When we’re busy, we’re less likely to think. Thinking brings the sorrow we want to forget and the pain we want to bury. The road to healing is never easy, but hope is not lost. Intentionally slowing down and seeking slowness gives us time to process our grief healthily. Our eyes and hearts become more aware of the many ways we are truly blessed, even in the midst of loss.
4. Pray and Grow Gratitude
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Praying in the best way to grow gratitude in every season, especially seasons of grief. When you don’t know what to say, think, or do in times of sorrow, give thanks. Start small and keep on adding. Praying in all times draws us deeper into the presence of the Father and grows us in ways we cannot imagine.