Nobody likes failure. Even when we have been told that failure is good for us, that it is a stepping stone and that you don’t learn from success nearly as much as you learn from failure, we still don’t like it! For many of us, failure can be discouraging, debilitating and even depressing. So, what do we do with this? We learn from it. We look into the lives of those whom we consider successful and study their failures and their reactions to those failures to see how we can use their experiences to help us navigate our own experiences. The Bible is full of great examples of faithful ones who had many failures, and the Bible is also full of their success stories afterwards. What are we waiting for? Let’s get started with this whole making-failure-work-for-me thing!
Death is a scourge upon us all. It is the unwelcome intruder in our lives, the greedy associate, the uncaring and undiscriminating presence that is uninvited, unwanted and always inconvenient. Death is the rude interrupter of our lives. What’s worse, it leaves a mark when it has passed through. After it leaves, we are left empty, sad, mournful and distressed. This unwelcome guest – death – it visits all of us, no matter what our station is in life. If we are poor, wealthy, popular, unnoticed, young or old, we all have experience with death. So, how do we deal with it? How do we cope with the pain and the loss? Stay with us this morning as we examine this sad and difficult reality of our lives – death, loss and the healing process.