We need your pictures
How about sending me pictures of your darling children's "First Day of School," either at home or as they walk out the door? Please email the photos to caggiula@MC3.life. (You just never know where these pictures may end up!)
Previewing this Sunday's lesson
The following is an introduction and excerpt from this Sunday’s COVID article, “God cares about Grief and Loss.” We will email the article to you Friday, and it is our prayer that this series will be helpful to you and yours.
“Painful things happen to all of us in this life. During this pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty and grief over the losses we’re experiencing. Losses such as lost ability to gather as a church, lost jobs, lost connections with friends and families, and sometimes loss of a loved one to COVID, all cause some level of grief.
As Christians and as parents, we may feel that we have to hide our grief from other people. Yet having the joy of the Lord does not mean we must deny our pain and grief.
In this session, you will introduce your children to five stages of the grieving process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The stages leading up to acceptance may bring intense, uncomfortable emotions. Some Christians may think these stages are extreme or unnecessary. This is not the case. Each stage is a natural, even healthy, step in grieving and healing.
Think back on losses you have experienced in the past couple of months. Have you had the space and time to process your grief, or did you feel you had to hide your pain? Spend time now allowing God to comfort you. He knows what you need. He knows your thoughts and emotions, even the ones buried under the surface.”