Well, Whaddya Know? How to Get Through What You're Going Through September 12, 2021
It was just a regular Tuesday morning. I was up early and in my office, enjoying some quiet time with Jesus before starting to work on my sermon. There was nothing unique or unusual about the day. Nothing seemed off. As staff arrived, there was the usual banter and laughter around the office. I had no reason at all to expect the news that was about to come. But then again…isn’t that how it usually works? Life is uncertain, unpredictable, and none of us is guaranteed a tomorrow. We just prefer to live like we’re bulletproof, until something rocks our world.
Around 10 A.M. I received a text. It was startling news of the completely unexpected death of one of our Dayspring family. A tragic accident took her life and she is no longer with us, but is now in the presence of Jesus. She was just 61 years young, active, vibrant, generous, a friend to everyone who knew her. She touched so many with the love of Jesus. And suddenly, with no warning, she’s gone.
Grief doesn’t come when it’s convenient, when your schedule allows, when you have plenty of margin in your life. Loss comes in a variety of ways, not just in the death of a loved one. And when loss hits, it hijacks your plans, your emotions, and maybe even your wallet. And there is no escape. You’ve most likely already navigated some sort of loss in your life. After the last year and a half, who hasn’t? But if by chance you happen to have been spared thus far, your turn is coming. You can count on it.
This Sunday we’re beginning a new series called How to Get Through What You’re Going Through. Because grief is no respecter of persons. Grief won’t schedule an appointment on your calendar, or wait until you have time for it. You can’t delegate it to someone else to handle for you or buy yourself a pass to a loss-free life. The hard truth is everything and everyone is broken. We all experience heartache, pain, and loss. But even in loss, there is hope! There is truth to hold on to and a way to process our pain and experience healing. That’s what this series is all about.
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