Most people associate grieving and loss with the death of a loved one or a traumatic catastrophic happening. Yet we all experience loss in so many ways: loss of a spouse or friend, loss of a job, career or retirement, the loss of your marriage, the loss of a miscarriage or abortion. Or maybe it’s the impact of a one night stand, your home is sold, your friend got married, etc. But, we cannot be spiritually mature followers of Jesus if we have not embraced grieving and loss.
God created us for shalom – a peace that transforms situations and brings our lives in alignment with God’s desire and design for us. The garden of Eden was a place that was a healthy place for growth and life filled with joy and delight. Yet, as humans we messed that all up and so from the beginning of humanity there was grieving and loss. Unfortunately, the Church usually does a poor job leaning into the emotions that are associated with grieving and loss. This sermon affirms the Biblical need for grieving and supplies some practical advise on how to grieve in a healthy way.
Scripture: Genesis 2; John 11:35