Good Folks, it is the first Friday in August 2018. I start a sermon series on Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ book, On Death and Dying: What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy and their own families, this coming Sunday.
For two Sundays only.
Many have had to endure these painful moments in their lives, seeing a loved one wither away. Or some, themselves, dealing with a diagnosis that is life-altering.
My purpose: To inform and empower the listener.The following prayer starts the book in the reader’s journey. I had to read it a few times to truly see and hear all that is being said and implied.
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved
but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone;
but let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.
Kubler-Ross calls them stages:
Stage I: Denial and Isolation
Stage II: Anger
Stage III: Bargaining
Stage IV: Depression
Stage V: Acceptance
Chapter eight deals with “Hope.” As Christian, we know where our faith and trust resides. Christ.
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. (Wm. Carey)
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)