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Grieving For a Friend
« on: September 07, 2009, 01:57:21 PM »
Our Daily Bread

As a pastor, I was often asked to lead funeral services. Typically, the funeral director would give me a 3 x 5 index card with all the particulars about the deceased so I would be informed about him or her. I never got used to that, however. As practical and necessary as it may have been, it seemed a bit trite to take a person’s earthly sojourn and reduce it to an index card. Life is too big for that.

After David received news of Jonathan’s death, he spent time recalling the life of his friend—even writing a lament that others could sing as a way to respect Jonathan (2 Sam. 1:17-27). David recalled his friend’s courage and skill, and he spoke of the grief that caused him to lament deeply. He honored a rich, pleasant, heroic life. For David, it was an intense time of mourning and remembrance.

When we grieve for a loved one, it is vital to recall the cherished details and shared experiences of our lives together. Those memories flood our hearts with far more thoughts than an index card can hold. The day that grief visits our hearts is not a time for short summaries and quick snapshots of our loved one’s life. It is a time to remember deeply, giving God thanks for the details, the stories, and the impact of an entire life. It’s time to pause, reflect, and honor.  — Bill Crowder
Romans 10:9
"That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved."

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Re: Grieving For a Friend
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 02:04:18 PM »
Kon mawala na ang usa ka tawo, anha nato mailhan ang bili!

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Re: Grieving For a Friend
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009, 12:58:32 AM »
True, True!
"Don't  frown even if  you're  sad  because  you  don't  know  who  is  falling  in  love  with  your  SMILE."

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Re: Grieving For a Friend
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009, 07:36:47 AM »
Pray for and comfort those who are mourning. As we ourselves shall mourn. We are told to comfort and strengthen those with the strength we have  received from God.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4)

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Re: Grieving For a Friend
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2009, 08:59:50 AM »
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Re: Grieving For a Friend
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009, 10:27:55 AM »
Suddenly.....I  felt  some  kind  of  nostalgia.....I  lost  my  sister  many  years  ago  when  I  was  just  starting my  career and  my  Papa more  than  a  year ago but  every time  I  look  at  old  pictures  something  inside  me  wants  them  to  be  around and  share what  we have  now. The  laughter  and  the  sorrow...more  so to  cherish the  fond  memories  of  our  hardships  when  we were  growing  up. It's  true,  you can't  fit  one's life  in an  index  card...there's  too  many  and  they  will  always  have  a  special  place  in our  hearts.. :'(
"Don't  frown even if  you're  sad  because  you  don't  know  who  is  falling  in  love  with  your  SMILE."

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Re: Grieving For a Friend
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009, 02:02:42 PM »
When you grieve for a friend, its best to sit down in silence. And offer a sincere prayer for earnest blessings for the recently departed. The Lord is kind to hear prayers.~~

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Re: Grieving For a Friend
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2009, 09:55:33 AM »
"For what is your life? It is even a vapor,
  that appeareth for a little time and
  then vanisheth away" James 4:14

 The memories shared will always be
   cherished by those who cares and love
   the departed loved ones.
Sakit  gyud hunahunaon kon mawala na ang
  ang mga tawo nga mahal sa  kinabuhi
  but that's life;
  here today and gone tomorrow  :-[
   as a song goes...
Every Christian has GPS -God-Provided Salvation!
It may not guide you to everywhere you want to go in this world, but it will ensure  that you arrive safely in heaven.

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