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This Sunday we’ll be tackling the subject of grief and loss. Grief and loss affect us all throughout our lives. We grieve the loss of our good looks (!), our youthful energy, of friendships, homes and loved ones. Even if something new and better comes along, we still feel we have lost something.
It’s OK to grieve. Sometimes we think we have to put on a “stiff upper lip”. That owes more to our Northern European heritage (many of us) than a biblical response. When David lost his best friend, Jonathan, he mourned and wept bitterly. When Jesus heard that Lazarus had died, he wept – even though he alone knew that he would raise him from the dead shortly!
And that is the Great Truth when it comes to grief and loss. Jesus said, “ I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” (John 11:25). This Sunday we’ll hear about practical ways to work through grief and loss but nothing beats knowing that death is not the end. Our grief and loss are keenly felt, but they are temporary. A glorious reunion awaits!