Service next Sunday

24th September 2017 will be a Combine Service Commencing by 8:00am.

Weekly Activities

Days Activity Time
Sun Boys & Girl Brigade Practice 4.00PM
Youth Fellowship 4.00PM
EFAC Meeting 6.00PM
Mon Bible Study 6.00PM
Tue Choir Practice 7.00PM
Wed Mid Week Service 6.00PM
Fri Women Prayer Meeting 6.00PM
Sat Men's Fellowship Practice/Gym 07:00AM
Deliverance and Healing Unit Meeting 12:00PM
Boys and Girl Brigade Practice 4.00PM
Choir Practice 6.00PM
Preview For bible study teacher 6.00PM

How to Handle Grief Part 1

Tue 28th-Jun-2016

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:

Shock

In the days and weeks immediately after a devastating loss, common feelings include numbness and unreality, like being trapped in bad dreams.

Reality

As the fact of the loss takes hold, deep sorrow sets in, accompanied by weeping and other forms of emotional release. Loneliness and depression may also occur.

Reaction

Anger, brought in by feelings of abandonment and helplessness, may be directed toward family, friends, doctors, colleagues, the one who died or deserted us, or even God. Other typical feelings include listlessness, apathy, and guilt over perceived failures or unresolved personal issues.

Recovery

Finally, there is a gradual, almost imperceptible return to normalcy. This is a time of adjustment to the new circumstances in life. But this largely depends on individuals.

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.

God’s Viewpoint

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…


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Church Notice

(1)Annual National Sisters retreat / Workshop comes up on 1st -4th June 2017 @ Estako Diocese. interested [Person should meet Sis. Bulus Christy
(2) Tomorrow Monday 29th to Thursday 1st June is a Week of Prayer by 6:00pm Daily.
(3)Goodwill Messsages & Adverts are welcome for the confirmation / Enrolment Programme.
(4) EFAC 2017 Mission Retreat comes up 27th - 29th April, 2017 @ Christ Church Saburi.
(5)Baptismal Preparatory Class Holds every last two Friday by 5:00pm
(6) The Eagle Computer Center is offering a special training course on the following Applications, Website Design, how to print Recharge Cards, Hardware Maintenance,Corel Draw, Page Maker, Oracle, SQL, Networking etc.
(7)Youth Fellowship hold every Friday @ 6:00PM new members are welcome.
(8) Bible Study Teachers are to meet on every Tuesday @ 6: 00 pm,please those who are interested to join the preparatory class are welcome.
(9)Baptism for every Month will now take place on every last Sunday of the Month.
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