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What If? The Blog

Grief to Joy

Ashley Buehler

Today’s Reading - John 16: 16-33

Do you remember the movie Stepmom with Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts? Reading this passage reminded me of a few scenes of this film.  The mom, played by Susan Sarandon, is dying of cancer and after trying to shield her children from the news of her illness, she finally has to tell them she is about to die.  So what does she do?  She tells her children what to expect. She outlines what will happen and how she thinks they might feel. In one scene you can see the tears falling from the mom’s face as she lists the important moments she knows she will miss in her daughter’s life. She tells her daughter about heartbreak and about mean girls, and how she will get over these crushing events while mom watches over her.

Jesus tries to explain his last days to his disciples in ways they will understand, but he sees they aren’t getting his metaphors too well.  And knowing he is about to die on the cross, he attempts to prepare them for the horror they will see and the anguish they will feel. Christ speaks to them like a parent would attempt to explain their death to a child.  The disciples’ lives are about to turn upside down and maybe knowing what to expect might bring them a little peace. He doesn’t want them to become swallowed by their grief.  In his last week, Christ reminds them that trouble will come, but he has overcome it all.

In your last week, what would you say to give peace to your loved ones about their futures?

What events would you remind your friends & loved ones not to get lost in?

How would you leave your best impression if it were your last chance at work, school, with family, or friends?

What would you allow Christ to do through you if this were your last week?

Ok put down the Bible and live this week like it was the last!

by Ashley Buehler

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