SERMON SERIES: REQUIEM REQUIRED
Most all of us have suffered through a season of grief at one time or another. Whether we lose our best friend, a grandparent, our spouse, a child, or anyone else we love, death usually feels like a thief who forces us to say goodbye to too soon. And yet life is full of these goodbyes; the hurt of loss is one of the most basic parts of being human.
But can grief be good?
As we consider what seems to be the ‘required requiem’ of grief, we’ll explore its origin, how we can receive comfort from God when our hearts are broken by loss, what we can do to grieve well, and how we can help others in their time of sorrow.
As we do, we'll be reminded that even a requiem can be beautiful.
PART 1: WHY WE CRY
As our Creator, God engineered humans from the ground up. Opposable thumbs, an immune system, laughter--all His great ideas. But what about the inescapable reflex we all exhibit when we lose people we love? Did that come from God, too? And if it did, what in the world was he thinking?
3/9/14 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 2: A SERIES OF FORTUNATE EVENTS
God has great plans for us in grief, but we have questions. For one, we've all heard about God's comfort in times of sorrow and loss, but what exactly does that look like? For another, how can we comfort others who are hurting when it's so hard to know the right thing to say?
3/16/14 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt