Good Grief: Incomplete - Grief in the Story of Moses


Grief is a universal human experience and natural part of life. Yet, we don't often talk about how that grief shows up in our faith or in scripture itself. Because we don't talk about it much, grief can be seen as bad or something to be covered up, but grief has its place in the way we live out our faith and engage our community. Although hard, grief is both good and natural.

Over the course of the "Good Grief" series, we've engaged with several stories within scripture that illustrate different components of grief. We've learned that grief can be misunderstood (the story of Job's grief), accepted by others (the story of Ruth and Naomi), and shared (the story of Lazarus). This Sunday in the final week of the series, we'll be looking at the story of Moses.

The story of Moses has a pattern of great loss and then renewed purpose. He loses his family, gains a new one, and finally leaves that family to return to his first community. He is given the hope and dream of a new homeland, only to have that dream threatened by the fears of others. We are told that God loves Moses, but that love does not guard him from deep disappointment. As Moses nears the end of his life, it becomes clear he will not get to experience the Promised Land. This leads to great loss and highlights one of the hardest parts of grief - the element of disappointment. We grieve how things are left incomplete. Unrealized and incomplete dreams for our own life or the life of a loved one brings about a grief that threatens our sense of belovedness. How can we feel loved in the midst of such disappointment? Listen in as we explore the story of the death of Moses, and Pastor Sarah shares how God is present in the midst of incomplete grief.

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