Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ASKING QUESTIONS IN GRIEVING


As you journey through [the] early part of the process of grieving loss and growing spiritually, finding good companions to travel with you can be crucial. A fitting person for this part of the discovery is someone who is good at asking questions and can help you name the various dimensions of the loss you are experiencing.

The story of the early church as recorded in the book of Acts begins with many questions. When Jesus died, those who had followed Him needed to discover the meaning of His death by naming what they had lost. They wondered with the risen Christ if His death meant the coming of the new Israel (Acts 1:6). As He ascended, men in white robes asked [the disciples], “Why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” What did His life mean? The meaning of Jesus’ life became clear only in the exploration of what His followers experienced in the emptiness of His absence.

-- Dan Moseley in Lose, Love, Live: The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change. Copyright © 2010 by Dan Moseley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.


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