Something to help people on the journey of grief….

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Reading: Psalm 23;  John 10:11-18

There’s a story of a little girl who came home late from school one day. Her mother was furious and went on and on for about five minutes ranting and raving at the girl. Finally she stopped and asked, “Why were you late anyway?”  To which the girl replied, “I was helping another girl in trouble.”

“What did you do for her?” asked the mother.  “Oh, I just sat down beside her and helped her cry.”

 Henri J.M. Nouwen wrote this:   “Still, when we honestly ask ourselves  which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is  those who, instead of giving much  advice, solutions, or cures, have  chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion…

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About robinpalmer

I am a Presbyterian Pastor living and working in Browns Bay on the North Shore of Auckland in New Zealand. We moved here at the end of March 2011 after spending five years in Wellington the capital city. I am passionate about what I do - about communicating and writing. Preaching and teaching remains a joy.. More recently I have been doing some part time voluntary prison chaplaincy.

Posted on April 29, 2012, in Archive sermons. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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