“He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’”
Job’s story is familiar to many of us: a faithful man with everything he needs in life experiences great loss but remains faithful to God. At the heart of Job’s initial response was a gratitude for the people and things that he was able to have for how long he had them. Job recognized that everything was given to him as a gift. His gratitude didn’t stop his grief. Grief and gratitude go hand in hand for Job. Because he is grateful for his relationships and the gifts he’d been given, he was grieved to see them go. His grief when he loses everything shows the love and gratitude he had for them in the first place. This doesn’t mean that he was grateful to lose them. Rather, his grief was in recognition of his gratitude that he was given them in the first place. As you reflect on this text today, how has grief functioned in your life as a sign of gratitude? When have you lost someone or something that has reminded you of your gratitude for having it in the first place?