Death is the universal door through which every one of us must pass. Until the Lord fulfills His promise to bring this age to a close and to make all things new, we must all pass through death’s dark door. But for those who have put their trust in Christ, death is no longer the ultimate enemy it once was. We have a Good Shepherd who has gone before us and promises to lead us safely through this dark valley. And beyond? Securely welcomed home by Him who is our death-conquering Savior.
These are precious truths for us who know Christ. We hold these promises close when someone we love is taken from us in death. Still, this side of heaven we grieve death’s claim. Though we look ahead to the joy of heaven’s reunion, our journey here will always carry a pang of sorrow. Real love grieves this world’s loss.
Many of you will remember that it was just over a year ago that Terann Carr had to say, “Good-bye, for now,” to her life partner of 33 years. Les passed in his sleep, ushered home to be with his Savior, but leaving a grief for all who knew and loved him here. In the days and months that followed, Terann found great comfort in the promises of the Scriptures, and she found encouragement, too, in walking with others who were experiencing a loss of their own. Terann found particular benefit in a ministry called “Grief Share.” And because of her experience there, I pass along the following testimony she shared with me with the hope that it may be of benefit to you or someone you know who is walking this piece of their journey as well.
Some of you who pick up the Pine Cone every Friday may have noticed an article mentioning that a program called Grief Share is being offered at Shoreline Church on Garden Road. I would like to recommend this program to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Grief Share is a Biblically based and encouraging curriculum of thirteen weeks that is led by trained volunteers. It covers a wide range of topics, considering that the grief journey is different for everyone. Have you been careful about sharing your deepest feelings? This is a safe place to do just that, since everyone there has been where you are. The tuition is just twenty dollars, which covers the workbook. You can repeat the course anytime, which I recommend as well.
For those who don’t know me, my husband of 33 years passed away a year ago. A dear friend, who lost her college age son in a motorcycle accident, invited me to join Grief Share. I didn’t think I really needed it since my faith in the Lord was strong and the scriptures the Lord was giving me were very meaningful. I was wrong. The material challenged and encouraged me in so many ways. I learned to face my fears, my anger, and other layers of grief I wasn’t aware of. At the Holidays I was given tools to help think ahead, to anticipate awkward situations. I even learned to give myself permission to weep. My new friends understood me without having to explain myself over and over.
Everyone’s grief journey is different, but we don’t have to figure it out for ourselves. We can get help.
You don’t have to be a member of a church to join, just be willing to reach out for help. The spring session began on April 24th but it is possible to join at any time. Information can be found on Shoreline’s website.
God Bless, Terann Carr
Knowing grief, but not like those without Christ’s hope,