• Joseph F. Kolapudi

Life and Loss

Moments in life that often pass us by are the fleeting successes or the momentary achievements. But what sticks with us, despite the ups and downs, is the lingering feeling of failure and loss. Despite our best intentions, loss cannot be forgotten.

I once read a quote that says, “time heals all wounds”. At first, I believed it to be true. Even in my own role with ReachAcross, we have had opportunities that have passed us by, team members who have moved on, or even organisational goals left unaccomplished.

Yet personally, loss is something that strikes close to the heart.

When we turn to Scripture, it is clear that there are many examples in which we can find solace and comfort, knowing that even the toughest or most significant of leaders experienced loss in some way, shape or form.

The example I often see the most parallels to is King David. Long before he even became a leader, he was a follower, the youngest of eight children. His own father relegated him to tend animals in the open fields, and his brothers didn’t think the slightest of him. Yet he was Israel’s most beloved king.

Known as “The Psalm of the Cross”, David penned probably the most mournful of all psalms.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.”

- Psalm 22:1-5

It is clear that David was certainly going through something personally, a loss that could hardly be described; though he valiantly does a good job of doing so. His rhetorical questions, so much so, echo the words of His Creator, crying out to God to deliver him.

Amazingly, it is clear that God allowed such pain in his life to make him grow into the leader he became.

Recognising our losses can sometimes be the first step in having our lives restored.

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