Message from Pastor Don ~ July 30th 2020

Matthew 14:13 “Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns”.

Cousins are important in our relationships even when we lose track of them. In my adult life I have lost track of whole sides of my family, because we moved away. But Jesus and John were close. So the death of John would have made Jesus stop, want to be alone, and grieve a bit.

But life goes on and the immediate grief for Jesus lasted only how long that the boat trip took. When he touched the land crowds were waiting. Their priorities were evident. Jesus put ministry first and foremost.

Some would say there are set ways we are to grieve. They might put forth the 5 stages of grief, but we move through them differently and sometimes return to one we thought we had completed for good only to find we needed to revisit..

Not true. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no set time schedule until we are finished. You grieve one way and someone a different. Sometimes we even get fixated in a place. That is all right. Sometimes we do it all on our own and sometimes we need professional help. It is okay.

Take the time you need to get over something that is life changing!