Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tough Question 1: How do I deal with the death of a friend?

This summer I had the opportunity to walk through this painful reality with a number of kids and counselors at K2. A world without God looks at death in fear and finality. The secular world offers grief counseling. And while processing through our feelings during time of loss is important we desire something more. Open ended questions and a shoulder to cry on is only half the battle. The men I held this summer were looking for guidance. They needed answers that offered hope and encouragement.

See how two men of faith answer this question:

"Of all men, we (Christians) hope most of death; yet nothing will reconcile us to-well, its unnaturalness. We know that we're not made for it; we know how it crept into our destiny as an intruder; and we know Who defeated it. Because our Lord is risen we know that on one level it is an enemy already disarmed; but because we know that the natural level also is God's creation we cannot cease to fight against the death which mars it." -C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock

"And this is where Christian parents can help. Show your kids from the Bible that death is not the end (John 14:2-3), and point them to the truth about the eternal life that Jesus Christ gives. When Jesus went to Bethany after his friend Lazarus died, he wept over the loss. But then he offered words of hope to Lazarus's grieving sisters: "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me...will live again. They are given life for believing in me and will never perish." (John 11:25-26)...If your kids are faced with the death of a friend or other person close to them, encourage them to search out the hope that only faith in Christ can provide."
-Chuck Colson, Answers to your Kids' Questions

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