#1 Listen to “Requiem Required (Part 2): A Series of Fortunate Events
Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1gCDfNL
Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]: www.vimeo.com/rrcoc
What stuck out to you as interesting?
Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?
How’d it make you feel?
#2 Big Questions
During this series we’ve tried to address some thorny questions we inevitably ask in response to grief. As a group, discuss answers to all/any of the following:
Where is God in the midst of my suffering?
While discussing this question, read Isaiah 40:1-11, 28-31. What kind of God is your God? List the ways God is described in the text. Do any of these traits help/benefit us in our times of pain and grief?
Have you ever felt like God was absent during suffering? Why do you think you felt that way?
Have you experienced God’s presence during suffering? Have you seen God comfort someone close to you? What does that look like?
- How can I help someone who’s grieving?
- Consider people who’ve comforted you well in the past. What did they do? List small and big things.
- What have you learned about comforting others from your own grief?
- What should we NOT do if we want to comfort well?
#3 Comfort In/Dump Out
Read this article as a group:
“How Not To Say The Wrong Thing”
Discuss the comfort in, dump out principle.
Does it make sense? Why might it be a good practice to adopt?
Have each member write down an answer to each of the following questions:
1. Who could I comfort?
2. What can I do?
3. When will I do it?
Pray together over your answers.