Sadness & The Church1
Sadness. Everyone experiences sadness at some point; it may come in the form of discouragement, the "blues," mourning over tragedy, depression, etc. Sadness is part of the Christian life. Did you know that? Or did you think that sadness only happens to those who are not following Jesus? The psalmist certainly knew sadness:
My tears have been my food day and night...Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?" (Ps 42:3, 5)
At ECC, we want to build a safe place for people to be sad. The Church ought to be the place where we can say with Jesus, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt 11:28).
If you are not experiencing sadness right now, someone right next to you probably is. Let's not run away from it, but run toward it and together lament before God our sadness. Do you know how to minister to someone at ECC who is sad? Do you know what to say to the person in the hallway who is in tears because of real pain in their life?
If not, let me encourage you to listen to a recent podcast that I heard from Nancy Guthrie over at the Gospel Coalition, "6 Ways to Make Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People."
Consider prayerfully what you can do to help make ECC a safer place for sad people, those mourning pain in their life.
Listen to the podcast right here or go to the Gospel Coalition's page where you can download and see more.
And if you are struggling with sadness right now, please speak out. There are people who care and want to walk with you through your sadness. If you don't know who to turn to, please contact an elder, or Rich, or Michael. We care and want to help.