By Kathleen Owen, Coordinator of Care and Wellness
A call in the middle of the night is usually a bad thing. It seems to take forever to get to the phone, answer it, and wait to hear who’s calling and why. Even if it’s a wrong number, it takes some time before your heart stops racing and your adrenaline subsides. To put myself in Samuel’s place, I can’t imagine being called three times and then having the presence of mind to say, “Speak, for your servant in listening.”
Thankfully, our God is a persistent God. He kept calling and Samuel responded quickly, opening up his life in the process. That process usually isn’t so smooth for most of us. It takes many calls from God for us to finally hear and interpret God’s call. In the times when life is calmer, it’s easier to take stock of the gifts, talents and blessings in our lives and to discern ways to give back and answer the call. But in the darker times, it’s sometimes impossible to hear anything but our own cries.
One of the hardest experiences for us is the loss of a loved one. Suddenly life is changed. Routines become unfamiliar and fractured. The emptiness seems enormous and even though you know that life goes on, it’s hard to imagine. Especially in these times, God is near. He is still calling, still helping to steer us towards new life in Him.
If you’re struggling with grief, please consider our new workshop, “Living with Loss.” This six week workshop will offer participants support for those who are walking this journey -incorporating videos, discussion, and materials for reflection. For more information, or to RSVP, call Robin Nilsson at 740-7411 or visit stfrancisraleigh.org/livingwithloss . In addition to this course, there are other options for living with grief. For those options, contact Kathleen Owen at 847-8205, ext 241 or email@example.com
While there’s no cure for grief, and no “getting over it,” there is a way to live with it. As the Psalmist wrote, “I have waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry. And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God.”
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