28 February: The Grief Wheel

Saying goodbye is never easy. Yet regardless of whether that’s through the death of a loved one; marriage breakup and divorce; redundancy and loss of direction; or even just through moving location under various circumstances; to skip “due process” will only cause problems later.

READ DEUTERONOMY 34  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


By 2009, I had only experienced close-hand two deaths in my extended family. It was therefore only after our Mikey passed away, that I began to notice the process of death in our Creator God’s “Guidebook for Life on Planet Earth”.

The Road to Recovery or Path to Deterioration
The Road to Recovery or Path to Deterioration

If I allow my imagination to take me back to the day when the Creator God’s family approached their greatest loss in today’s chapter, I’m reminded of my own “desert floor moment”. I remember the circles within the grief process because they have resurfaced during the decades since then. Those moments of denial; the periods of anger; the seasons of depressed apathy; or the sense of detachment, before the eventual spark of life that tentatively returns.

The wheel turns round and although time doesn’t fully heal, the circles get larger as the season of normality between rotations grows longer with time. Whatever the loss and unique circumstances, and however apparently minor compared to other people’s stories, the idea is that with each loop in the grief process, we’re not led down that path to deterioration. Instead, we’re carried by our Maker down the road to recovery and into a meaningful tomorrow – just as His people were back then, and will have again in tomorrow’s Breadcrumb…Read More… CLICK on “28 February – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with the God who knows it all? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I raise my voice and I shout for joy to You, Lord! From the west I acclaim Your majesty! [Isaiah 24:14]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the Bahamas[b] and Bahrain[c]
  • Your Country: The elderly and those in care homes
  • Yourself: Grief and Loss in all forms
  • Your concerns for today
If I trust in You, O God, and do good, I’ll dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. If I take delight in You, You’ve promised to give me the desires of my heart. [Psalm 37:3-4]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Thank-you Father God, that You’re my atoning sacrifice for my sins, and not only for me but also for the sins of the whole world. [1 John 2:2]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

You’ve brought me out from under the yoke of slavery, Lord. You’ve freed me from being a slave. You’ll redeem me with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. [Exodus 6:6]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked, or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” [Romans 8:28]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/baha/owtext.html

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/bahr/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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