The Montgomery First SDA church family offers support during difficult times of losing a loved one through prayer, fellowship, and seminars with the intent on helping to manage grief. We offer virtual grief recovery fellowship support services every Sunday, (0800-0930 CST). Feel free to ask questions. We will respond within 24 hours of your message. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Zoom Information:
Zoom Meeting ID: 869 5705 2586
Call: 1-646-558-8656 + ID: 869 5705 2586
We cannot thank you enough for sharing a very sacred period in your journey with each of us. As you go throughout your week, please do not hesitate to reach out via this email message to share how you're doing and/or to ask questions. Below are resources that we believe may be of some assistance to you. Let's do this together. Matt. 18:19-20.
1. We invite you to sign up for daily encouragement. You can receive brief messages that offer insight and scripture at https://www.griefshare.org/dailyemails
2. We invite you to submit prayer requests. We would like to pray for you. Please send your prayer requests to email@example.com.
3. Electronic GriefShare workbook link and resources: https://www.griefshare.org/my/products/3
v/r, Cynthia Bush, Grief Ministry
Please know that although we may not have face-to-face contact every day that you are being thought of and included in all our prayers. Whether you’re in a Season of hustle and bustle…rush, rush, and more rush. Or perhaps you’re in a Season where the quiet is more pronounced, the stillness in each moment is abundant or time is moving at a gentle pace…please know and trust that you are not alone Isaiah 41:10. As we come to the close of another week, we pray that each day has been meaningful, purpose driven, and filled with opportunities to experience God's strength working on your behalf. Please remember that God is our refuge Ps. 61:1–2; 62:8. We encourage you to reach out if you need a listening ear or prayer. Words simply spoken may still be insufficient for where you are in your journey at this time, but please know we desire to walk alongside you with or without words but always in heartfelt prayer. We will resume our Grief Support meetings on Sunday, 14 August 2022 at 0800 CST in Zoom. We pray that you will join us. Speaking is not required however your presence is needed.
GriefShare Message: Read the Bible No Matter the Season No matter how difficult it is for you to concentrate, no matter how busy your schedule, no matter what emotion you are feeling discipline yourself to read the Bible daily. Kay Arthur says, “Many times it’s very hard for people who are grieving to read the Word because the pain is so great, because they cannot concentrate, because their thoughts keep running back to their pain or the situation or the wound, and it’s hard to focus.” God’s Word brings healing, growth, and life. By reading His Word daily, you will be prepared to face anything the day may bring. You will be victorious in all areas—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—through Christ. “He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalm 107:20 nasb).
I need You, Lord Jesus. I need Your Word. Deliver me from myself. Amen
Ecclesiastes 3:1–8, 11
Sending this message just as a reminder that you are being thought of and included in all of our prayers. As we come to the close of another week, we pray that each day has been meaningful, purpose driven, and filled with opportunities to experience God's strength working on your behalf. Please remember that God is our refuge Ps. 61:1–2; 62:8. We encourage you to revisit your GriefShare workbook, if needed to catch up on exercises and reading. We encourage you to reach out if you need a listening ear or prayer. Again, words simply spoken may still be insufficient for where you are in your journey at this time, but please know that you are not alone Isaiah 41:10, NIV. We desire to walk alongside you with or without words but always in heartfelt prayer. We're looking forward to resuming our meetings on Sunday, 14 August 2022 at 0800 CST in Zoom.
CHOICES THAT PROMOTE HEALING From GriefShare Resources: crying, talking, sharing prayer and meditating on Scripture attending a support group staying busy, balanced with rest and relaxation organizing your time journaling attending to basic health needs accepting that healing is a process listening to music (hymns, praise, and worship) reading exercising regularly eating healthy working taking a vacation spending time with family and friends creating a memory book allowing yourself to enjoy humor and laugh finding resourceful ways to deal with your loved one’s personal items attending a Bible study calling a friend and going out for a meal gardening helping others. Blessings, Cynthia Bush, Grief Ministry
Poem read by Brenda on 6/26’s call.
What Is Prayer? Is it measured words that are memorized. Forcefully said and dramatized, Offered with pomp and with arrogant pride In words unmatched to the feelings inside? No…prayer is so often just words unspoken Whispered in tears by a heart that is broken, For God is already deeply aware Of the burdens we find too heavy to bear. So all we need do is to seek Him in prayer And without a word He will help us to bear Our trials and troubles---our sickness and sorrow And show us the way to a brighter tomorrow. There’s no need at all for impressive prayer, For the minute we seek God He is already there!
Prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward. Philips Brooks
We are sending you this message as a reminder that you are being thought of and that you are continuously in our prayers. We are grateful for the time that we share together in fellowship each Sunday morning. As we mentioned in our last meeting, we will pause this Sunday, 3 July because so many of you will be traveling. We look forward to resuming our meeting on Sunday, 10 July at our normal meeting time and the culmination of the current series of meetings.
During this remainder of the week, please do not hesitate to make contact with group members. You are important to us. We recognize that holidays, anniversaries or other special days can be especially difficult as we grieve. Remembering our most recent conversation...some of the thoughts shared included trusting God no matter how you feel. Keep reaching out to our Lord and Savior...he hears, he knows, and he answers. Also, when you find yourself feeling anxious, irritable, impatient, or any other feelings that you might be having; just remember to claim some mercy and grace for yourself in those moments when you want to do better, feel better, say something better, hear something clearly or whatever the case may be. Below is a snippet from an article regarding Self-Care to encourage us as we journey together.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” ~Jeremiah 17:8
From the article - "Time with God is one for the top Christian self care tips! Carve out time for the most important relationship. Make time with God a priority. He is the only one that can provide comfort and strength.
The benefits of meeting with God are endless. A few notable benefits include strengthening of faith, shifts focus vertically, puts my eyes on my powerful God who is greater than anything you or I face." Sunshine Gray
What If I'm Angry with God?
Sharing and listening are powerful approaches to lever as we journey through grief. Discussing the value in honoring the memory of our loved ones through efforts of varying degrees is essential to our healing. Also, discussing the importance of being intentional about how we chose to prepare for special days and anniversaries is important. Some find that by utilizing inspirational music, journaling, writing letters, and allowing the pain to be embraced can be helpful. Furthermore, taking time to make calls ...can be helpful when the goal is to be a good listener; being mindful not to have an answer to anything or everything but rather committing to the offer of prayer; sharing tears, and/or celebrating good days.
We're prayerful that the isolation we may feel sometimes while we're on this journey can be resolved through healthy life applications that emerge with new ideas about how to move forward down the road..remembering, embracing, and continuing to experience our lives in meaningful ways.
Although we're all at different places in our experience with grief, trusting that we're on this road together and that we have a loving God leading is a blessing.
Cynthia Bush, Grief Ministry
Greetings Friends! Praying that your week is going well thus far. Just sending a brief reminder to practice Self-Care as part of your journey through grief. Below is one more option that can be explored. We hope that you find it helpful. It comes from the GriefShare free subscription of daily email messages that offer encouragement and reflection. Please make contact with us if you need to share or would like prayer. We're thinking of you! You're important to us. You are not alone. Blessings to you! v/r, Cynthia
Write Your Memories - Day 227
Writing down your memories is a way to become unstuck if you are stuck in grief. Set aside a regular time to write out all the positive experiences you can remember that include your loved one. One memory will lead to another, and you will have much to write. This exercise shines light on the positive memories, which will help you keep the negative memories in perspective. “When you lose someone,” says Dr. H. Norman Wright, “what you have left basically are the memories. At first they’re so sharp that they hurt. In time those memories begin to dull. They diminish. That in itself is another loss that you have to go through. In writing about it, you don’t lose those memories. They’re always there in black and white.”
Writing down memories is a special process that takes time and courage. “For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you” (2 Corinthians 2:4). Lord, give me the discipline and the courage to sit down and write out special memories about my loved one. Thank you, Jesus, Amen.
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Please know that you are being thought of and prayed for everyday! Offering a word of encouragement from Psalm 143:3 (NIV), "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Our journey is one that must be taken moment by moment but never alone. If you need to talk during the week or just need someone to listen, please reach out for group support. Also, below is a free offer to receive daily encouragement emails that you might consider to aid in your moment by moment. Again, please know that you're on our minds and in our hearts. We are grateful to be able to meet with you each Sunday morning as a portion of your journey each week. May God bless you.
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We invite you to submit prayer requests. We would like to pray for you. Please send your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cynthia Bush, Grief Ministry Leader Montgomery First SDA
Grief Recovery Fellowship Ministry email@example.com