Devotional Thought for Today – 04/27/2021

Comfort for the Grieving, Hurting, and Dying Series – Part XVII

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Over the last 16 articles in this series, we have looked at a number of things dealing with Grief as they relate to Chaplains. Today I hope to summarize and close the series.

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Everyone will experience some form of grief at some point in their lives. From the beginning, we made it clear that we consider the primary mission of a Chaplain to be to provide Compassionate Care, Comfort, and Counsel (4 C’s) to those assigned to them.

We began by giving a few general thoughts on Chaplaincy and a list of some hotlines for crisis situations. Next, we began looking at grief itself by listing the traditional 5 Stages of Grief and spent the next 6 days looking at them and then the more modern 7 stages of grief.

The article in the series was one of the most important (in my opinion) it was a list of some dos and don’ts that I have gleaned over the years. Believe me when I say I made a lot of don’t in order to figure out the dos. Finally, we defined Chaplain’s duties and responsibilities in general and then in specific job settings over the remaining article.

We looked at many things but, we did not look at the individual, the patient, the victim, in whatever the situation the Chaplain finds themself dealing with. I remember studying or reading (I honestly can’t find the reference) a Client’s Bill of Rights, in reference to the Stages of Grief:

  1. Your grief is unique to you and you have a right to experience your way. – The grief process is different for everyone and we can not force someone into a mold or pre-designed recovery program.
  2. You can talk about your grief in your own way. – Some folks naturally open up and want to talk others tend to be more retrospective. Again we can not and should not force them. Good Chaplains are good listeners.
  3. You have a right to be very emotional. – Most folks experience a multitude of emotions when grieving and that is okay, as long as the emotions are not harmful to themselves or others. Another thing to be watchful for is emotional outbursts, crying and even anger are common. These emotions can be draining so listen to your body get the extra rest you need.
  4. You have the right to a Funeral – COVID really hurt many in more ways than one. The inability to hold traditional burial rituals denied people the ability to mourn. Even “non-religious” folks usually adhere to this ritual as a way to mourn. It is there right.
  5. Religion plays a big part in many grief situations. We mentioned this before, this is not an opportunity for Chaplains to push religion, but to practice their 4-C’s no matter the person’s beliefs.
  6. Why? – You have a right to search for answers this is common and sometimes healthy (I say sometimes because it can become an unhealthy obsession) by encouraging folks to seek answers many times we are encouraging them to open up to the simple truths.
  7. Remembrance You have a right to your memories especially of all the good times. It prepares us for moving on with the full grief process and life.
  8. Life – You have a right to move on with your life, no matter how crappy you feel initially there is hope and things can get better.

Although the above is more tailored towards the death of a loved one, it is applicable and adaptable to any situation. There is so much more that could (and maybe should) be written. There are of course limitless resources on Grief counseling available via the internet. As with any source (including this one) I encourage everyone to be a Berean (Acts 17:11) and do due diligence in verifying the truth and effectiveness of the material.

I pray that this series has somehow edified you and Glorified God.


I found the following perspective on Grief very interesting, I hope you enjoy reading or listening to it.

Trauma, Pain, and Loss: A Doctor’s Story of Faith and Healing

In this interview, Katie Butler discusses her work as a trauma surgeon working in the ICU and shares what it was like to be inundated with life and death situations day in and day out.

She explains how she coped with the stress of the job and eventually began to see God’s grace at work even in the midst of deep pain and tragedy. She also shares what she saw working in a hospital at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic

Liar Liar, Media Pants on Fire

Since I began teaching, (way back in the ’70s in my military career) writing and posting, and the like more recently I have continually made it a point to say never put your full trust in my words always be check out the facts for yourself (Acts 17:11).

Media trust is at an all-time low, a majority of Americans believing that, “Most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.” An Axios commissioned survey found t…

Source: Liar Liar, Media Pants on Fire

Two Bibles?

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In posing this question Two Bibles, I am not at all referring to the number of English Translations (estimated at around 900 according to American Bible Society). What I am referring to, is there really that much of a difference in interpretation of two bibles? 

This came about from a conversation yesterday with two women I met. One said she could not believe the state our country had recently come to (riots and the like), the other started playing the poor, poor troubled folks card; to which I quoted 2 Thessalonians 3:10, if a man work work he don’t eat!’ 

BOOM! she immediately accused me of the age old “that is just your opinion” and then “anyone can take one verse out of context and make it say what they want”  and of course tuned me out immediately when I tried to explain the biblical truth. 


CONTEXT:

Before we look at the text let us BRIEFLY look at HOW TO INTERPRET BIBLICAL TEXT:Be a Berean

Telling me, ‘my Pastor says’ does not mean you have a good understanding of the text, Pastor’s are human and makes mistakes to, you need to be a Berean (ACTS 17:11) and check EVERYTHING they say. 

Telling me ‘the Bible says’ does not mean you have a good understanding of the text, as we noted with 900 translations, yours might not agree with mine. 

God commands us in 2 Timothy 2:15 to study and properly handle His Holy word. If you can not do this BE QUITE!

Biblical Hermeneuticsis the Key to Proper Biblical Interpretation of Text, the bible is to be taken literally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. Finally Scripture will always interpret Scripture that is it will always support or back itself up.

Finally and one most lay people, those not in ministry, overlook is the original text languages. I am not a Hebrew or Greek scholar by any means but I daily use Hebrew and Greek Lexicons, Concordances and the like to assist me in proper biblical interpretation. It is key to know what the original meaning and intent was.  


BREAKDOWN: 

As many of you know I am a Chaplain with Mission M25 Ministries. The M25 comes from Matthew 25:40 “The least of these…”  If I were to take just that phrase and build a ministry from it who is to define “The least of these?” Everyone with their hand out? Is that what the bible really says? Or does it say something more along the lines of:

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Genesis 3:19, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 20:4, Proverbs 24:30-34

So my comment ‘if a man work work he don’t eat!’ was not really just my opinion, it was good Biblical Hermeneutics, backed up by God’s Holy Word. 

Should we help the least of these, YES!!! Who are the least of these? Those who are incapable of caring for themselves. Not those who are just used to hand-outs, and are to lazy to get a job.  Not those have can come up with every excuse known to man for why they can’t get a job or can’t do this or that; the bible calls sluggards and has no use for them. 

On the other hand those who the church is supposed to care for 1 Timothy 5 must be taken care of. Likewise in Paul’s instructions to the church at  Ephesus, Ephesians 4:11-16 he tells the body to look out for each other. 


APPLICATION:

There is only one Word of God! I didn’t write the book, I don’t interpret the book with my own opinion(s), I (and those who take God’s word seriously) only use good Biblical Hermeneutics to expound what the Holy Spirit had man write long before I was conceived. 

I take seriously ( I pray more would also ) the WARNING of the Apostle John in Rev 22:18-19 about messing with or misrepresenting God’s Holy Word.  What about you?

 

 

 

Keep Watch

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Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matt 25:13 (KJV) 

Do you remember playing Hide and Go Seek as a kid? If you were the seeker at the end of counting to 100 you’d yell out “ready or not here I come.” If I had to pick an analogy for this verse (and the preceding parable (vs. 1-12) that easily comes to mind. 

Let’s look at the parable briefly; we have ten marriages happening all at night. Of the ten, half are smart prepared in advance for the nights activities the other half get so caught up in the hoopla of the event that they are ill prepared for the actual event itself when it comes (pretty hard to have a wedding in the dark). 

Let us leap forward and make a practical application to the church today. The oil in the lamps represents the Spiritual food or daily bread we need to sustain us and prepare us for Christ’s second coming. Many, actually far to many, can be likened unto the foolish brides to be. Oh the are pretty (brides) “Christians” they go to church, they tithe, and do the “right” things. What they do not do is what the God commands that is to study scripture, to be prepared. (Joshua 1:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.) They were content in whatever their preacher said on Sunday and are convinced that is all they need, they are not Bereans (Acts 17:11). 

Unlike Harold Camping, Jack Van Impe and other false teachers the bible makes it clear no one knows neither are they to guess at the day of Christ’s return. What we are to do, as the Amplified Version puts it is to be on the alert [be prepared and ready]” keeping watch for that glorious day. 

 

 

 

 

Living With Blindfolds

Living with blindfolds…
is what most people do…
believing lies and deception…
that have twisted what’s true….

Continued at Source: Living With Blindfolds

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2017.

This is not a new phenomenon of course but in the age of computers and such,  there is really no excuse for a “believer”  not living daily as a Berean (Acts 17:11). Yet far to many follow the Jews of old, Jeremiah 6:10 ESV “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.” or those of the modern church Paul warned of 2 Timothy 2:3-4  “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  I cannot count the number of times I have heard “my Pastor says or said” and when I ask, great but what does the Word of God say?  It is a rarity when I do not get that deer in the headlights look of confusion. – Mike