“Embracing Grief and Loss”
All people on this earth suffer loss, and it's a part of normal life. And God will not waste our sufferings and pains. In the midst of suffering and sorrow, God matures us, purifies us, strengthens us and builds us up. If we give up and run away, we will have just suffered, and our suffering will be wasted. There is no way we can erase suffering and pain, and no way to ignore them as if they never existed. For God to bring good from suffering and pain, we must receive them and remain in them.
We can do that because we believe God is with us. And we are surrounded by the witnesses who have been embracing grief and loss, and who experienced God’s mercy and compassion, and who encountered God griefs.
For LifeNet groups and personal reflection:
1) Briefly share one loss you have experienced in the last one year. How has this loss impacted you?
2) How do you tend to react to loss or painful incidents? Where did you learn it?
3) How can grief be where we can meet God? How important is it for our spiritual maturity?
4) “The wounds of Jesus are a part of his identity. They tell us who he is. (John 20:27)” What kind of message may our experiences of loss, pain, grief speak to others?
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