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On Grief and Loss- Regina Cyzick Harlow

“I’d like to pick your brain on how to minister to others in grief,” he said between bites of Indonesian Rendang. The young minister had known his own grief, but as with many of us with shepherd’s hearts, he felt compelled to do something to help those in his flock who were struggling. He’s not alone.      Because of my work with bereaved families, I’m often asked questions like this. Extended family and co-workers contact me asking why their loved one or co-worker can’t just let it go and move on. Some express concern for their loved one’s well-being because they continue to experience grief long after their loss. William Shakespeare said, “Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” John Irving wrote, “When someone you love dies… you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are go…

How to make spiritual practices connect to youth- By Gabe Dodd

It is no secret that spiritual practices help people connect to God.  It is also not a secret that young people crave spirituality.  Just take a look at the Netflix new hit show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  In the show, Marie, a non-anxious presence enters cluttered American homes and brings a calming spirit to help them experience, “joy” by helping them simplify.  Melinneals and Generation X are drawn to stillness and connection because it is a break from the constant bombarding marketing strategies and busy schedules that the world imposes.  In the book, The Spiritual Child,  Miller incorporates clinical experience with research to show how healthy spirituality is a core component of sound mental health and human flourishing.  She says that a spiritual yearning is a natural instinct, and the earlier they learn spiritual practices, the more likely they are to “practice spirituality” as an adult.  So the question for churches must be to connect our young people to God in avenues tha…