Living with hope in the future is essential in this season of COVID-19. But living with hope does not mean living in denial about your grief that is arising out of the coronavirus. You grieve because you know someone who has died from the virus. You grieve because you can’t visit loved ones in retirement centers. You grieve because your children are missing out on key transitions in life, like high school graduation, dance recitals and weddings. You grieve because you face a grim financial future for the rest of your life. So what do you do with all this grief? Accept that it’s essential to grieve. Understand that Scripture is filled with exactly this sort of lamentation. And take time today to embrace your grief, trust God and linger in the words of the psalmist: Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love. (Psalm 44:24-26 NIV)