28 February: The Grief Wheel
Saying goodbye is never easy. But regardless of whether that’s through the death of a loved one; marriage breakup and divorce; redundancy and loss of direction; or 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.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Until our Michael left us, we only had one death in the family. My sister’s baby girl died of a cot death when I was too young to be deeply affected. When Dad died, it was very hard though somehow expected, if not welcomed, after months of deterioration through cancer. But it wasn’t until Mikey passed away, that I began to notice the process of death in the Creator God’s “Guidebook for Life on Planet Earth”
Sitting here this morning, allowing my imagination to take me back to the day when God’s people stood at the crossroads, I remember my own “desert floor moment”. I remember the circles within the grief process because they’re still resurfacing: the moments of denial; the periods of anger; the seasons of apathy and depression; or the sense of detachment …then… the eventual vague spark of life that tentatively returns.
The wheel turns round and round. And, although time doesn’t heal, the circles seem to get larger and the season of some-measure-of-normality between rotations, seems longer. The idea now is that (whatever the loss and unique circumstances, and however apparently minor compared to other people’s stories), with each loop in the grief process, I’m not led on a path to deterioration. Instead, I’m carried by my Maker down the road to recovery, and into a meaningful tomorrow – just as the Creator God’s 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]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
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…”
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 delivers 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
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31