I had the opportunity to spend some time in conversation with Dave Johnson about pain and grief and forgiveness recently. We were given some questions to work with, but it was actually two old guys talking. It’s about 11 minutes, but I think it’s worth the time.
A conversation about pain and grief.
In the message Sunday, I talked a little about Paul’s words to Timothy at the end of his life. He talked about having finished the race. And so I said,
“What if we spend the rest of our lives (what if we continue to spend our lives) deciding that we are being faithful? At each turn, choosing to pass on what God has given us with the life and skills and stories that God has given us.
For some of us that is teaching until we can’t teach any more.
For some of us that is graciously answering seemingly endless questions from people who are created in the image of God and need help.
For some of us that is taking whatever strength we have and spending it on affirming others rather than on complaining and blaming.
For some of us that is abandoning fear to the power of God and living as if God is leading us.”
This week my next ebook, tentatively titled “Giving a life meaning: How to lead funerals and memorial services” is going to a small group of friends to for a first round of feedback. I think it’s going to be helpful for people who are having to put together and lead a service. I’ll keep you posted. And if you want to be on the list that finds out more about that book and other resources to help you have conversations with people at difficult times, you can subscribe to my SocialMediaChaplain monthly newsletter.