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    The Daniel Plan - July 11, 2016

    MONDAY - IN SADNESS

    Be joyful with those who are joyful. Be sad with those who are sad. Romans 12:15

    We live in a world where loss and failure happen to everyone. We can lose health, jobs, friends, finances.

    We need the skills to deal with losses rather than papering them over with "happy" talk.

    Jesus was "a man of suffering and familiar with pain" (Isaiah 53:3), and we need to be like him in dealing authentically with grief.

    Community is essential to grieving well. When our friends suffer a loss, we need to be there with them. Otherwise, the loss can be too big to bear.

    The first thing we can do as friends is to provide a listening ear and a caring heart. Our friends need a place to say, "It was bad. It really hurts."

    Henri Nouwen said, "The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing . . . not healing, not curing . . . that is a friend who cares."

    Do you know anyone who has suffered a loss? Offer a listening ear and your loving presence.

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    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    We give our friends a tremendous gift when we're available to listen and mourn with them.
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    Thank you. I have a good friend who recently passed away. He was visiting in Utah and had a sudden heart attack. He was so looking forward to this family reunion, and did get to see everyone for 3 days, before this happened. He leaves behind an invalid wife and 5 children, one who is a double amputee vet. The vet got his injuries in Afghanistan. My friend had a lot to deal with.
    Welcome. Please know this is a safe place. Feel free to share.

    ~4tRACY520

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