#646. LESSONS FROM LOSS - EXPRESS (13/9/22)
Last week, we heard of the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96. She was the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom having reigned for 70 years. This week, these devotionals will be reflections on what we can learn from loss.
“How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights. I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.” (2 Samuel 1:25-26)
The death of The Queen has led to a great outpouring of praise and love for her life, service and character. One person told me, “I hope she knew how much so many loved and appreciated her.” Likewise, at the death of my father-in-law, Ken Slater, earlier this year, there was an overflowing amount of cards and expressions of appreciation. Again, I heard it expressed, "I hope he knew how much he was loved".
We are all prone to waiting until someone dies before we really appreciate them or express our love and thanks.
At the death of Jonathan, we overhear David’s lament and the expression of His love for his friend. In death, it’s good to express our love but I’m sure we could all do a bit better at communicating our respect, admiration, thanks and love before we lose those we love and respect!
Who could you meet with in order to express your love and respect? Could you send a card, letter or message? Maybe you regret not expressing yourself clearly to someone that you’ve lost. It’s important to leave your regret with God and allow this to be a lesson to make you the best encourager that you can be.
TOGETHER IN SEPTEMBER
During September 2022, at CCP, we are having 'Together' meetings instead of our usual Community Groups. You are very welcome to attend these gatherings.
Please come to the church building at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings - refreshments and a meal will be available.