Anyone For Grief Management?

September 23, 1996
by Michael Farris

1 Corinthians 15:35 – Some will ask, How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?

Do you know what I heard on the radio last week? An ad for a local funeral chapel, totally serious and in painfully good taste.

"When your loved one dies, come and see us about our new Grief Management Program."

Grief Management?

Someone you really loves dies, and all the world can offer is Grief Management? Give me a break! What belongs to Christians is as far from Grief Management as a diamond is from a charcoal briquette.

It's the dead raised to life, not the floral arrangement for our last public appearance. Newness of life, not a tastefully printed obituary.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me though they die, yet shall they live." John 11:25

Unless anyone still wants to sign up for Grief Management …

Prayer: Dear God, we all know that we will die someday but we'd rather not speak of it now. Help us with the little deaths that will meet us today, to know them, face them, accept them and find in them the life you offer out of them. In other words, O Lord, help us through these deaths to find the life you offer, and we still receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Farris
Seattle, Washington, USA

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