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1) C.S. Lewis’ writings have had:
a) A huge impact on me
b) A moderate impact on me
c) I know Aslan symbolizes Jesus in Narnia
d) I’ve never heard of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book and I didn’t see the movie either.
e) Oh, he was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien? Now I’m interested!
f) I don’t know Lewis or Tolkien.
2) Mark shared about his challenge to integrate rationality into his faith experience. Do you struggle more with the experiential side of a relationship with Jesus or the rational side? Why do you think that is?
3) Whose death has had the biggest impact on your life so far?
4) There are many other losses that can cause deep grief: COVID social distance, missing church family, divorce, infidelity, once-close relationships, what we didn’t receive from parents, childhood trauma, teenage and adult children’s life choices, jobs, finances, church trauma, social injustice, political instability, life regrets, health challenges.
Share about another loss that you are grieving right now or have grieved in the past?
5) Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
How is a spouse or other friend sharpening you and making you more like Jesus?
6) “Prayer works!” -- Common saying
“Prayer is not about changing God, but changing me.” – CS Lewis
How does Lewis’ quote help you think about prayer differently? How does prayer change you? How does it help you make sense of Jesus (in the garden) and Paul (with his thorn in the flesh) not having their prayers “work.”
7) Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 (NLT)
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
Where is there laughter and “dancing” in your life these days?
8) Job 2:11-13 (NLT)
When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. Their names were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.
Be silent/talk little
Ask questions rather than give answers.
How has someone helped you in a painful time in your life by doing one or more of these things?
Resources for grief:
A Grief Observed by CS Lewis
Experiencing Grief by H Norman Wright
Journeying through Grief by Kenneth Haugk (1 booklet each designed for 1, 3, 6, and 11 months after the death)
Modified Kubler-Ross Model: https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-5-stages-of-loss-and-grief
Ball in the Box illustration: https://psychcentral.com/blog/coping-with-grief-the-ball-the-box#1