God’s Light Pierces the Darkest Grief

Our last few weeks have been ones of weeping with those who weep as we’ve watched dear friends mourn the loss of a beloved son. Yet, they have also been days of seeing glimpses of pure glory shining into the dark. It isn’t the first time God has displayed His light inside a penetrating darkness of grief, making Himself known and lighting a path forward. 

These past days declared again that, there is no circumstance in which we cannot worship. 

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And 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 1:20-21 NKJV)

Job, after losing all he owned, as well as experiencing the deaths of his ten children, reacted in a way that leaves us almost speechless. He bowed to worship and proclaim the Lord as blessed. 

Many of you were awed to see the “once in a lifetime” total solar eclipse. We were in an airport this time and didn’t get a good view as we did last time, but we saw enough of the darkened sky out the big windows, and through a pinpoint of light on paper, to marvel at our mighty God. 

His glory shines. Yet, His presence remains in the blackest of dark. Unchanging. Good. Faithful. Righteous. Even the most difficult situations cannot alter His character.

As we made our way across the country to mourn, we also travelled to worship. For Jesus doesn’t leave us in our tragedy, He walks in the valley together with us. He invites us to peer through the shadows and recognize His triumph. And that is the victory of grace and mercy. Of One Who gave His life for many. For Jesus doesn’t leave us in our tragedy, He walks in the valley together with us. Click To Tweet

Sometimes the deepest tragedies remind us of the greatest victories. 

In the dark circumstances of tragedy, I witnessed much more than family and friends in the grips of sorrow. I saw the Lord shine magnificently down on His people in worship. Together we shared the glory of a God who can take heartache and use it to defeat blackness.

photo by Philip Schroeder


United, without if’s, and’s, or buts, we exalted God higher. He is Who He is, and He is worthy. Always.King David wrote, “Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5 NASB) 

And how we look forward to that glorious shout!

In the final book of the Bible, John writes, 

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4 NKJV)

I don’t know what tears you may weep today, nor the joys this morning may have brought to you, but I do know that He is present in it all. I know that to lift Him above all else, no matter how dark the sky, births true worship. 

Someday, no sun, moon, stars, eclipse, or heavenly show will even begin to compare with the unveiled glory of our King. We will stand in His presence, and the triumphal morning shout will shake the heavens. We will stand in His presence, and the triumphal morning shout will shake the heavens. Click To Tweet

But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. (Revelation 21: 22-23 NKJV)


*Feature Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash

14 Replies

  1. Daneen Campbell Reply

    Sylvia, thank you for this reminder! We learned in the last few days that our precious youngest daughter has breast cancer and is facing surgery next week. While we cannot be near, we know our loving Heavenly Father is there and He is holding her in His loving arms. It’s hard, at times like this, to be 1,000 miles away from family, but we rejoice that we can leave them with our dear Savior to guard and protect.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Oh Daneen, such a difficult road! I am so sorry. I stopped and prayed for all of you when I read this. May she know God’s holding her in His loving arms, yes.

  2. Katherine Pasour Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing how the deepest loss and sorrow can bring us closer to our Lord. He is with us on every step of our journey. May God bless you and bring you peace, Sylvia.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Thanks friend! I know that His character remains the same and that has been an anchor.

  3. Nancy E. Head Reply

    Such a sad but uplifting message. When the worst happens, there is only one to whom we can go to find hope. Jesus Christ. Thanks, Sylvia. May God bless and comfort all who knew and loved this young man.

  4. Mary Neir Reply

    Such good and encouraging thoughts you share Sylvia. God bless you!

  5. Nancy Ruegg Reply

    I am so sorry your friends and all who love them must bear the burden of this painful loss. What a testimony to the watching world to see them worship even as they grieve. I remember the first time I read Job 1:20, stating his first action–worship–upon receiving one devastating blow after another. It brought me to tears. What a stellar example Job left us! What a stellar example your friends are providing now.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Thank you so much Nancy. I used to dread reading Job, and now I find it such a wonderful book. God is worthy of worship always. I appreciate you reading the post and taking time to comment!

  6. Beth Menezes Reply

    Yes! His Light!
    Profound worship arises, amidst darkness that closes in, as we commune with Him…
    May His consolations be mighty upon this family that said good bye to son… may He be in every heartbreaking pain of his absence among them here…
    And we worship Him that Heaven is Real!!

  7. J.D. Wininger Reply

    Amen Ms. Sylvia. I know it’s hard to see when you’re in the midst of grieving, but it helps me to remember that if they were saved, then I’ll see them again in perfect form on that Day. We still grieve, but it is not without Hope. God’s blessings gentle friend.

  8. Sylvia Schroeder Reply

    J. D. It is a wonderful assurance that we will see him again! We grieve with hope. Thanks J.D.!