When Pastor Steven Massey’s wife collapsed suddenly in his arms from a brain aneurism and died soon after at the hospital, it sent him into shock and mourning and a slow decent into deep grief and depression. In his new book, Songs from the Pit, he writes, “I felt like I was in a pit with no escape from so many destructive emotions.”
Deaths of friends and loved ones and unexpected loss can send us spinning or can trap us in, as the psalmist describes, a “pit of destruction. (Ps 40)”
On Saturday, August 26th at 9:30am, Zion will host a presentation by Pastor Massey about grief. He will share his personal experiences and introduce us to the devotional book that he wrote for those who are dealing with grief and depression. “Grief may be your reality, but it does not have the final word,” he writes.
Please make plans to attend and extend an invitation to people you know.
I first met Pastor Massey when he and his wife Jill invited me and Mariachi San Pablo to perform at their church in Chicago many years ago. When Jill died so suddenly, I knew it must be tremendously hard, but the vivid honesty with which he shares his story of grief provides so much better insight not only into his experience but into what many people go through. What a gift to us that he is able to come and share his story, the scripture that has guided his restoration, and the songs and devotions he composed during his journey.
I am confident it will be of tremendous help to us as we experience grief ourselves and as we give Christ’s comfort to others who may be “in the pit” today.
In Christ’s love,
“Grief may be your reality, but it does not have the final word,”
“I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.”
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