A weekly reflection from a member of the Hastings clergy Written by Pastor Paris Pasch of The Journey Church in Hastings Are You Grieving a Loss? Some folks are having a bit of difficulty with the …
A weekly reflection from a member of the Hastings clergy
Written by Pastor Paris Pasch of The Journey Church in Hastings
Are You Grieving a Loss?
Some folks are having a bit of difficulty with the world as it is. They often speak of the changes that have happened in their life. Some feel the loss of their dreams or the loss of their livelihood. Others have experienced the loss of a loved one, loss of a job or career, loss of hope for a child’s happiness. Each of these losses produce similar results. As a pastor I am present in the life of many people who suffer these kind of losses and what I have learned is that one of the best things we can do for those who suffer is simply to be present.
Often, we feel we should stay away until we can think of something intelligent to say. However, it's not your skillful words or your investment of financial support that is most critical, it is rather the reality that you are in the room next to them. The power of standing alongside others is palpable. You can simply place your hand on the shoulder of someone and a surge of assurance that they are not alone can take place. You can sit on the adjacent lawn chair with them and simply be known as a friend.
One of the most meaningful statements in my Bible comes in Matthew 11:28–30 where Jesus Himself says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Did you notice the position of the players? They were to come together and be with Christ. Not come to church or come to some religious place but come to Him personally because we will find His presence there and that will be enough.
Maybe you need someone to come close today. Maybe you feel alone. Well, you have an invitation to find rest for your soul, don’t miss the opportunity.