Managing Grief #8

Let your church help!

The James 5:13-15 (Good News Translation) we are offered the following advice when we are hurting:

Are any among you in trouble? They should pray. Are any among you happy? They should sing praises.  Are any among you sick? They should send for the church elders, who will pray for them and rub olive oil on them in the name of the Lord. This prayer made in faith will heal the sick; the Lord will restore them to health, and the sins they have committed will be forgiven.

counsellingThe above verses reminds us that there will be times when trying to cope by ourselves will get us nowhere. Therefore we must reach out to our church community as they can offer you spiritual support as well as practical support during these difficult days.

Be in the presence of other as they worship and sing praise to God, ask them to pray with you and for you. The above passage from James can be adapted to read as follows:

Is any one of you grieving? He or she should call the elders of the church to pray …

In conclusion, don’t try to get through these days on your own, turn to your church community for support, I’m sure you’ll find them supportive.

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