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grief

  • The Days We Mourn (Easter 2017)

    The Bible is full of ‘three day stories”[1]:  Jonah; Joseph’s brothers in jail in Egypt; the plague of darkness in Egypt. When the Israelites left Egypt, they traveled three days into the desert before they found water; Rahab hid the spies for three days; plagues of judgment against Israel often lasted three days. Jesus was […]

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  • A Liturgy of Lament

    “Oh, Lord live inside me, 
Lead me on my way
 Oh, Lord in the darkness, 
Lead me on my way
 Oh, Lord heaven’s waiting
; open up your door
  Lead me home.”  – “Lead Me Home,” Jamie N. Commons ________________________________________________________________________________  Reader: As the soldiers led Jesus away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way […]

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  • Embrace Grief and Loss (Emotionally Healthy Church Part 5)

    Gerald and Lydia Sittser and their children were driving through Iowa in 1991 when a drunk driver hit them at 85 mph. Gerald lost his mother, his wife and a four-year-old child in moment. He sat beside the isolated highway and watched them die. He eventually wrote the following in a book entitled A Grace […]

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  • Comfort One Another With These Words

    “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen […]

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