MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

If The Baby Can Feel Pain…

April 7th, 2010 Viewed 2299 times

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North Dakota has led the way in terms of chipping away at abortion rights.  Along with Mississippi and other Bible Belt states, North Dakota has sought time and again to test the Supreme Courts ruling that has allowed women in the United States to kill their unborn children at any stage of their pregnancies.

Caring for One Another in the Age of Affluence

July 28th, 2008 Viewed 2070 times

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Over this weekend tragedy struck a family in our church.  It happened right at the end of my garage sale—or at least that’s when I saw it.

I was on my way back to the church to return some tables that I had borrowed when I saw smoke billowing across the main artery I was on.  I figured it was a house on fire based on the amount of smoke and the number of fire engines in the area.

It didn’t even occur to me that it could be someone I knew.

What to Say When Someone Dies

August 15th, 2006 Viewed 52512 times

ComfortThis is a tough topic for many reasons. If you’ve never lost someone close (as I had not until this past February), it’s hard to empathize with someone who has lost their loved one. For one thing, you feel like anything that you say is never enough to quench the grief– and yet that’s what you want to do. You want to take away the hurt, to provide comfort, but the absense cannot be replaced with meer words.

If the person did not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, then there is not much hope that you can give– though you can provide comfort to those that remain through hugs, tears and shared memories. If they did, then you can encourage them that they have gone to a better place, and be thankful that they are no longer in pain.

The biggest impact I think that you can have in the family who has lost a loved one is in your follow up. Many people will show up to the funeral, and many people will remember the lost loved one the week after, but do you remember the anniversaries that the loved one will have that they will no longer be able to share? How about the departed’s birthday or any special occasion that would be marked with the person’s presence.

You see, the greatest impact you can have on a family member is through your support when everyone else forgets.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.