I am speaking tonight on spiritual gifts. I'm always nervous before a workshop, but especially this one. What if they disagree with me? Although I try to teach from my understanding of the Bible, not a dictated church doctrine.
But I've given this presentation before, and haven't been stoned yet.
One of the cool things about the community of Christian writers is our diversity. We attend churches along the whole spectrum from very traditional to very charismatic. And yet , when we gather, our common love for the Lord and our passion to share the good news of salvation with a dying world override our petty differences.
The same thing is true of those who are grieving. My grief won't look like yours, and yours won't look like mine. We'll express our emotions differently. We'll have our individual time tables. But grief, whatever form it takes for us, allows us to reach out to comfort others with the comfort God has given to us.
When you think of me today, please send up a prayer. That God will empower me through His Spirit to present this important teaching.