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Living Free - July 20, 2007

  • 2007 Jul 20
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All Kinds of Losses—One Source of Hope

Today's Scripture
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3 NLT

Thoughts for Today
We may experience many different types of losses in our lives. The death of a loved one is the most painful and traumatic, but other kinds of losses can also inflict a great deal of pain. All losses hurt, whether they are big ones or little ones. We recover quickly from some losses; others take months or years to absorb. Some losses are temporary while others are permanent.

Any relational loss can be devastating. The loss of a valued friendship or romantic relationship. Divorce. Children leaving home for college or marriage. Other types of losses may include a home destroyed by a fire or storm, a large financial loss, deterioration of health, rejection by a friend or colleague, the loss of a job, the loss of roots brought about by a move. The list is endless.

Consider this…
It is important to know that God is with you. Although recovery will involve a process, he wants to guide you through that process and give you the strength, comfort and love that you need and desire. Reach out to him by talking to him and reading the Bible. Invite him into your life, and specifically into this situation. Let him lift you out of despair ... let him set your feet on solid ground ... let him steady you ... let him give you a new song to sing.

Prayer
Father, I thank you that no matter how hopeless things appear right now, you are with me and will see me through. Please lift me out of this despair, set my feet on solid ground, steady me and give me a new song to sing. In Jesus' name ...

These thoughts adapted from…

Handling Loss and Grief by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. As a person goes through this group they will be able to identify what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. To grieve is human; how to grieve Christianly is supernatural. It requires us to invite the Holy Spirit to guide us through the grieving process. This group study provides guidance in the use of Scripture to help the grieving. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss and comfort to those who have faced the loss of a loved one, as well as help for anyone ministering to those experiencing other types of losses in life: divorce, loss of job, etc.

  

 

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