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|Deliverance and Healing Unit Meeting||12:00PM|
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Understanding the nature of grief can help us to better cope with loss. Grief is a natural and healthy process that enables us to recover from terrible emotional wounds. William Cowper, the English hymn writer, said, “Grief is itself medicine.” People may say, “Don’t cry; your loved one is in heaven.” That may be true, but it’s important to deal with the very real pain of loss. Let it out, so that you can be relieved. We should not feel guilty for grieving because it is a necessary part of God’s process to healing. God only warns us not to grief like unbelievers who have no hope.
The grief process is like sailing across a stormy sea. When we first experience a great loss, we are launched into a tempest of emotions. We feel surrounded by darkness and heavy waves of anguish. Comforting words are drowned out by howling winds of sorrow. We feel lonely and out of control as we are swept toward a new destination in life.
This journey through grief has four phases:
These phases vary in duration for each person. Some people take a year or two, while others may take much less time to get over it, snap-off and move on. Holidays, anniversaries and birthdays can trigger intense grief, especially the first year. Recovery through the right process will help a great deal.
Healing a broken heart is similar to healing a broken leg. Rushing the process can actually hinder our long-term recovery, like removing a cast before the bone is strong enough to bear weight. Grief that is left unresolved may trigger depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, or other serious problems.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Many Bible stories demonstrate how God comforts His people in times of sorrow and loss. Job in his time, clung desperately to God, despite catastrophic loss and unhelpful friends. David, a man after God’s own heart, openly grieved the death of his son.
Jesus is our best role model for combining faith and grief, as revealed in John 11:1-45. When He saw Mary and Martha in anguish over the death of their brother Lazarus, He wept and groaned. Although Jesus knew He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, He still allowed Himself to feel – and express – the depths of human sorrow.
We can take comfort in knowing that Jesus has experienced all of our pain, including loss, rejection, betrayal, and dying as our Savior and Redeemer…