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Whether your grief is new and raw or lingering and unresolved, Church For Christ's Grief Support can be a powerful tool for healing. If you grieve the loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or other life-altering circumstances, this Grief Support offers gentle guidance and companionship. Here we look at every loss a death, whether it be a rape, abuse, or depression.

First of all, I would like to encourage you to pray and let God help you in your healing proccess. He is with you and He loves you and He wants to help you through. Your healing will come more quickly when you seek him constantly in prayer.

Everyone suffers in their lives at one time or another, and we fall into sin. We hurt and get angry and have a difficult time forgiving. The loss of a parent, a child, a spouse or a friend can devastate us. In our loss, it's often difficult to find comfort and understanding. But with Christ, we never have to suffer alone.

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Because of God's Love for us, He stood in front of us and let the men beat Him, and spit on Him, and nail Him to the cross. That cross is the very cross we were suppose to be nailed too. The blood on the cross should have been our blood, instead it's the blood sacrifice.

In Jesus, we have a comforter who understands what it is like to live in a human body and suffer the pain of human loss. "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are￿yet was without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:14-16.

Heartbreak and sorrow are not a mystery to our Lord. Jesus suffered everything we have suffered. He knows our pain and has sympathy and compassion for our losses. And His love is so profuse that He doesn't want us to suffer to the agony of defeat, nor to the point where we forget all the good things He has done for us. It's vital that we don't suffer to the pont where we can no longer praise and worhip Him.

Don't allow youself to be defeated. If you have not seen the movie " The Passion of The Christ
", I urge you to do so now. When you come to know the suffering He did for you, healing will come more speedily.

"During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and he was heard because of His reverent submission. Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered." Hebrews 5:7-8.

When you offer up your prayer to God pleading for help, He will hear you and answer you. It is good to know something God promised. Everything satan takes away God restores in due time. He said, "I will restore that which was lost". Jesus gave you a gift called peace and satan wants to steal it. He steals that more than any other thing. If you will allow God, He will restore your peace and bring somthing good out of your horrible situation.

On the other hand, when we give in to the hurt and pain we go deeper and deeper into the pit of destruction. Even in our greatest hurt we must stand stong and defeat the enemy. Use this time of grief to get close to God by praying and and crying out to Him. Give Him the chance to heal your broken heart. One day you'll awake and once again see the green grass, the flowers along side the road, the new morning star. He will lift the pain and agony and you'll experience joy once again. Trust Him.



"Our grief work is not really complete until we have found some meaning in our grief.
It is true that our emotions need healing, but so does our belief system or theology."
(H. Norman Wright, recovering from the Losses of Life)


Power of Prayer

How Long Should We Grieve?

Grief can attack every part of your being. It can cause deep depression, sickness, disease, and a slow death. It's a poisonious arrow used by the demons of darkness to steal, kill and destroy everything God has set out to do in your life.

There are many theories about how long the grieving process should be...6 months, 1, 3, 5 years? However, the longer you grieve, the longer the poison has the ability to impare your bodily organisms. You'll become angry, bitter, and self destructive if you allow it to remain. Surely we "must" grieve. Take Christ for example. He was deeply moved with compassion and wept and prayed the longer in His agony over the loss of Lazarus. We cannot short-circuit human processes; we have to give the experience time to come home to us before it can become a motive for hope and a promise of fuller life. Grief becomes dangerous when it is wholly self-centered and we do not emerge from it.

Reflecting upon a friend of mine whose sister lost her 27 year old son. She wallowed in her agony for so long, it seemed she enjoy the pity and refused to heal. She became so bitter she hated herself and everyone she came into contact with. She was miserable and the more miserable she became, the more miserable she wanted everyone else to be.

Indeed loss is filled with pain, but when we know our loved one has gone to
Heaven, it can be dealt with a lot easier. We know our job is not through yet, and how can we do our job if we remain sick and downtroddened.

Jesus came to heal the broken hearted. He came to heal your wounds. Unfortunately though, usually when grief attacks, God gets the blame, we run and hide and refuse to let Him do what He Oh, so wants to do for you. It is vital that you run to Him instead of from Him. Call on Him and let Him hold you in your time of grief. Jump into His arms and lay your head upon His shoulder and let Him comfort and console you.

The longer we hold on to our grief, the more shrouded our good memories get lost in the rain of tears. When my father committed suicide in 1959, my mother agonized for years to come. She became uncontrollably angry and the only words that proceeded from her mouth were hateful words of what he had done to her. Compounded with my sisters suicide 10 years later, bitter hate seethed deep within.

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Instead of embracing the good memories, she found comfort in the hate that ran rampant inside. Surely she believed this was the way to healing, instead she became a hateful, bitter woman. She hated herself, her husband and daughter, and she hated God, the only One who could have healed her.

Part of living is surviving the death of a loved one. No matter how we try, we can￿t get around the aching, the pining, and the loneliness. Anger is also experienced not only at God, but at the one who left us. Depression, anxiety, and guilt are common feelings for those in grief.

During these times, it would be so easy to pull away from God and blame Him for the pain we feel. His shoulders are big enough for our anger, so rail away at Him if it helps for a bit. But take the time to reflect on the comfort He offers us, too. You and your loved one WILL be reunited, always keep this in mind.

￿We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.. ￿ (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 NIV)

"Suffering is surely good or bad only according to the results it produces. Had it been
a bad thing in itself, the Son of God would not have taken it for his chosen instrument
for the cure of the world . ￿I do not mean by this that we should lessen our attempts to
alleviate pain and remove the causes of distress, for such is the simple duty of charity;
I only mean that what we cannot remove is not wasted."
(R. Somerset Ward, To Jerusalem: Studies in Mystical Religion).)



Here are a some things I encourage
you to do in your time of grief:

Spend time alone when it is needed and spend time with others whom you trust and can confide in. Make sure that you get adequate rest; nourishment, exercise, spend time relaxing, and that you have helpful diversions. Take a nature and/or prayer walk; take leisurely baths, if possible go to a spa and experience a full body massage and pampering. Find and participate in the kinds of activities that feel healing for you.

If you need assistance with sorting through your finances, seek help in this area from a confidant who is knowledgeable about financial matters and insurance practices. Remember, this is a grieving process and you can't do everything on your own...You will need help.

Allow yourself moments of going backward. It is natural to find oneself after a period feeling good, that something triggers feelings of extreme sadness, anger and despair. Remind yourself that it is a part of the grieving process and it will happen from time to time.

Be sure to read the sermon "
How To Recover From Grief. It gives Scriptural messages on how to heal from your loss.

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If you are on medication, get your physician's permission to either stop or perhaps give a lower dosage so that the effects on you will not prevent the necessary process of grieving.

Find a Christian grief support group where you can share with others what you are feeling and be comforted by those who have gone and/or going through the grief process. Grief seems to heal best when you share it with others.

A support group is comprised of caring people in similar life situations who want to experience healing inwardly and in relationship to others. Participants do not come to get answers or solve problems. They come to share feelings and experience acceptance. The agenda is to help each other by verbalizing the thoughts that have been bottled up inside. As members share with each other, they realize others have similar feelings and similar needs. They reach out to each other and together profit from shared experiences. "I see myself in you," is a common expression in a support group.

If you do not have a Christian grief support group in your church, find a church that does. If you would like to talk online with others who share your grief,
Christian Forums is a free, non-profit and non-denominational online community for General Struggles, and Grief Support.



Two valuable tools I believe are necessary to help you
work through your grief are listed below.


Write from Your Heart: A Healing Grief Journal

Instead of being pushed to "get over" the loss of a loved one, you will be encouraged to embrace and record the memories you hold of that special person. Part of recovering from grief is remembering all that is close to your heart and learning to live in harmony with those memories. Follow the guided prompts, verses and quotes and this faith based journal will become a keepsake and treasure filled with memories and thoughts of your loved one.

The journal is a work book that may be used in conjunction with Healing Stories of Grief and Faith on an individual or group basis. Many use the book for a personal keepsake that they can pass down to future generations. Others use their book in group settings to work their way through the grief process. Either way these books help to comfort and offer hope.



How to Recover from Grief

Helping You Weather the Storm of Loss and
Overwhelming Disappointment with CDROM

How to Recover from Grief will provide you with tools for understanding what is happening and will help you to combat the fear and confusion that often accompany grieving. The authors' practical, down-to-earth, decidedly spiritual approach will guide you through the agonizing process of grief recovery.





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