PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

11/1/17

Remember, loss can include the loss of a pet, loss of a job, loss of health, loss of a skill or memory, loss through abortion or miscarriage and so on.

So what are some symptoms of normal grief?  Dr. N. Wright shares the following:

•        Distorted thinking patterns, “crazy” and/or irrational thoughts, fearful thoughts.

•        Feelings of despair and hopelessness.

•        Out of control or numbed emotions.

•        Changes in sensory perception (sight, taste, smell etc.).

•        Increased irritability.

•        Increase in talking or not at all.

•        Memory lags and mental “short-circuits.”

•        Inability to concentrate.

•        Obsessive focus on the loved one.

•        Losing track of time.

•        Increase or decrease of appetite and or sexual desire.

•        Difficulty failing or staying asleep.

•        Dreams in which the deceased seems to visit the griever.

•        Nightmares in which death themes are repeated.

•        Physical illness like flu, headaches or other maladies.

•        Shattered beliefs about life, the world and even God.

If you experience any of these things you are NORMAL! Grief takes longer to process and work through than we first imagine and there is no magical timeline, but you can be assured it intensifies at three months. By then the shock has worn off and reality settles in regarding the finality of the loss. Hebrews 4:15-16; For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. As a follower of Jesus Christ it is reassuring to know that loss of any kind will not be a part of heaven.  Revelation 21:1, 3-4Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. . . . And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Pr. Bob

By The Way:

Sunday 5, 9:00 AM Morning Worship and Holy Communion. Sermon: A Spectator Sport.

        10:15 Sunday school for all ages.