As I look back on the last three years of facilitating GriefShare here at Lake Valley, the thing that stands out most to me are the relationships. Each Sunday, I look around the room and see those who have lost loved ones and have attended our sessions. Some were already going to LVCC and some came as a direct result of GriefShare. What is interesting is that most of our participants are actually involved in other churches, or aren’t attending a church at all. Area counselors, clinics, attorneys, hospices, funeral homes, pastors and chaplains refer people to us so we are very diverse. In fact, our groups have consisted of men, women, young, middle-aged, old, rich, poor, different races, backgrounds, religions, and losses, yet there is a common bond that forms as we share that sacred time together.
It is very subtle, but over the thirteen weeks that we spend together, the gospel is presented in a way that brings hope and restoration and we see participants begin to look beyond their own circumstances and reach out to encourage those around them. Psalm 34:18 reminds us that God is close to the brokenhearted. I especially like the Message version of this, “If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.”
If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one to death, please join us at our next session of GriefShare. It begins on August 6th at 5:30 pm in Seminar A.
– VONDA HOLLOWAY