Thought for the Day: I used this verse of scripture during my prayer time yesterday. The time was spent praying for those who are grieving a death, yet not always able to do the hard work of grieving in the way they would choose. Families have not been able to travel very easily, there are limitations for both indoor and outdoor services, and even the restrictions at the hospitals and nursing homes might have limited visits in the last days or weeks of a person’s life. Faith is an indispensable tool in our grieving, yet there are some very practical pieces that eight months ago would have happened without a thought. The Book of Revelation speaks of a day when there will be no mourning or crying. For that to happen, death will have come to an end. Mourning and crying are part of the process by which we grieve. They are gifts from God that acknowledge the emotional and physical parts of grief. So until that day when mourning and crying have disappeared, we will continue to require as many of the tools as possible that make for healthy grieving. A week from today is All Saints’ Sunday. We won’t be in the same space together, and so the Cypress Creek tradition will be modified just a bit. My hope is that it is still a helpful piece in your ongoing work toward healing.
Prayer: For all who continue to hurt and struggle this day, O Lord, I pray for a multitude of opportunities for their grief to be expressed in helpful and healthy ways. Amen.
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