Selah: Processing the Pandemic: The Winter of the Soul
There was a man in the country of Uz named Job. He was a man of complete integrity, who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters. 3 His estate included seven thousand sheep and goats, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man among all the people of the east.4 His sons used to take turns having banquets at their homes. They would send an invitation to their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 Whenever a round of banqueting was over, Job would send for his children and purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for all of them. For Job thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned, having cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.
There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;
Then they sat on the ground with him seven days and nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering was very intense.
1. Grief is ______________ and Grief is _________________.
1 Thessalonians 4:13
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
2. We must _________________ forward in our Grief.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
3. God understands our __________________ and Sorrows
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
You have kept count of my tossings;put my tears in your bottle.Are they not in your book?
4. Differentiate between _____________ Vs ____________ in Grief
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
5. One Day, _______________________ will be no more!
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”