The past seven years have been long and hard. Suffering, tragedy, and loss continue to be a huge part of my story. Oftentimes I barely have time to grieve one loss before another takes place. However in every loss, God sent people who showed his love to me in very practical ways. These expressions of love were God's grace to me when I needed it most.
"And in every province, wherever the king's command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes." Esther 4:3
In America, we rush through our emotions like we rush through most of life. We celebrate too rarely and grieve flippantly. Throughout scripture we see not only the importance of the grieving period but also an emphasis on grieving in community.
Last month, in Part 1, we discussed the necessity of taking action when someone is grieving. Today I'm sharing some practical ways doing just that.
Practical Ideas for Supporting the Grieving
What are your practical ideas for supporting the grieving? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
Joy is Florida girl currently living in Houston, TX, with her husband, Jason, and drool covered Bassett Hound, Sam. She has a degree in Church Leadership and a passion for church planting born from years of experience. She teaches women how to intersect their faith and life through intentional missional living at joybrudolph.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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