Jean Newell, Associate Pastor
Some storms are predictable, and we can prepare ahead of time for what the storm will bring. Other times, a storm comes unexpectedly, and we have no choice but to deal with the storm as it comes.
The same can be said for the storms in our lives; some are predictable and some aren’t. Grief can be like a storm. If a loved one dies after an extended illness, grief can be like waiting for the storm you can see on the horizon. You know it is coming; you’re just not sure when it will arrive. Then again, death can come unexpectedly. It can hit you like a tornado that suddenly appears toppling buildings and upending trees. Whether grief is anticipated or comes upon you suddenly, the pain and heartache is unavoidable.
Unfortunately, in a world of microwaves, TV on demand and instant messaging, there is no quick, easy or “right” way to grieve; the way in which one grieves is unique to each individual. If you are struggling to find your way through the storm of grief, consider being part of the Wednesday afternoon GriefShare class at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, beginning September 5 through November 14, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 4 of the Education Building.
Each class is self-contained, so if you are not able to attend every class, you are welcome to come as often as possible. The class registration fee of $15 covers the cost of the workbook. Register online at www.sunlakesumc.org or at the church office. For more information, call 480-895-8766.