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Grieve-It Matters
by Chris on April 10th, 2013

In light of the Warren Family tragedy grief is a theme this week. To grieve something is to say that it is significant, that it's loss matters.  Your willingness to allow your grief to surface is somehow intimately connected to your capacity for joy.  When/if we close off grief, the walls of our hearts close in on us.  When/if we close off grief, we miss an intimate experience of the presence of the Father.

Matthew 5:4 (MSG) You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Romans 12:15 (NIV) Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

John 11:35 (MSG) Now Jesus wept.


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