Grief Share Program at The Tabernacle
Facilitated by Brenda Knight and Ann Crinzi
Jesus said “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” (Mt. 5.4)
Grieving takes courage. It takes courage to walk in pain and still rely on Jesus. He knows what you are feeling. He is the only one who really knows your heart. Jesus lamented in the garden. Lamenting is an expression of faith. It’s about being honest with God. The word “Grief” means intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death); something that causes great unhappiness. To “share” means to have in common. The Grief Share team is a group of people who love God and realize God’s understanding is without limits. He cares for you, enough to give you His Son. We are here to share the love of God with you, to listen and to pray with you. “Comfort and speak encouraging words to one another” (1Th.5.11).
During a time of loss over my loved one, I said to the Lord, “I am alone.” Jesus answered, “Don’t I take you by the hand?” He said to me, “You use a GPS- can’t I be your guide?” He said to me, “I got you. I will bring the right people your way.” I cried “No one is here to hold me.” Jesus answered “No one can snatch you out of my hands, I am holding you in the palm of my hands.”
We are passionate about Grief Share because it displays God’s Love for you. There are provisions made for you to have a safe place to go with your grieving heart, to share and unburden. The Bible says: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”(Mt.11:28-30).
At Grief Share meetings we provide a quiet place to share in a small group setting. We meet once a week for 13 weeks. We pray with you, we listen if you care to talk and we watch a Grief Share DVD filled with heart felt interviews of people young and old who share with us their grief and how they learn to move forward with their lives. A workbook is strongly suggested to support you and offer comforting acknowledgement of God’s plan of hope. The 13 week Grief Share program encourages you to take steps to search the deepest depths of your heart, in order to express your thoughts and tell Him what you are going through, only Jesus will truly understand.
If you know someone who is grieving over the loss of their loved one, this program will offer them encouragement, compassion, love and support. Please contact the Main Office of The Tabernacle for
information on connecting at the start of a Grief Share Program.