Relationships, Faith, and Loss
Losing a loved one is never an easy process, especially when that someone is younger than you, a child or a younger sibling perhaps. It is during these times of loss that relationships are so important. As Bob Haynes, writer for the Daily Record, conveyed the thought, sometimes people want to be loved less in abstract thought and more so by someone “with skin on.” The following is an excerpt of a story surrounding a man’s loss of his younger brother and how both relationship and faith in Christ made the difference:
I will admit that seeing my younger brother lying in his small bed at the nursing home, thin and frail, brought back for a moment that ugly pit of depression that had consumed me just a few years ago.
I say for a moment because his smile allayed my fears. You see, my brother had made his peace and was waiting for the time when his life here on Earth would end, but his time in eternity would just as certainly begin.
He reminded me of Psalm 40 that says,” I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”
April 24th: “Dealing with the Loss of a Child”
A Pastoral Seminar Presented by Brookhaven Hospital
Dealing with the loss of a child is the most difficult event that a parent could ever endure. In line with this thinking, there are a variety of questions specific to faith that arise when the death of a child occurs. Individuals who serve in church leadership are more often than not confronted with these difficult questions by parents and other family members during the grieving process. Pastors, Chaplains, and other church professionals are invited to join us as Mel Whittington, Ph.D., gives faith leaders insight and tools to address this complex and difficult issue.