As we serve at UGM, there are many people we are blessed to speak with. Often times when someone comes for counselling, it could be as a result of any number of issues. Some come because they are feeling tormented by their dreams, others because of abuse and others because of sorrow.
A man named Doug came to my office asking for prayer. As he shared, it was a story like I’ve heard from many others. Someone he loves is dying. His longtime friend has cancer and the outcome is not good. He wants her to get better, but he eventually told me that he understands she might die. I asked Doug if
she was a believer and I breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, she is a believer. We prayed for her and for her daughter who has broken off a relationship with her. This man was filled with grief but he started to understand more that we were not made for this world. His friend is finding rest from the trials of this world as she goes to be with her heavenly Father.
These counselling/prayer sessions are not only a benefit for those we pray for, but for ourselves as well. Let us continue to pray for those dealing with grief, but let us also gain a greater perspective of our time on this earth.
Ecclesiastes 7:2, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.”
Philippians 3:20-21, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”