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Our Daily Bread- The New Normal

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  • Very Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil
    READ: Hebrews 4:9-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 27, 2012
      READ: Hebrews 4:9-16

      For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:15

      A pastor, who was trained in trauma and grief counseling, commented that
      the greatest challenge for people who are hurting is often not the
      immediate heartache of the loss. Instead, the biggest problem is
      adjusting to the different kind of life that follows. What once was
      normal may never be normal again. So the challenge for those offering
      help is to assist the sufferers as they establish the “new normal.” It
      may be a new normal that no longer includes robust health, a treasured
      relationship, or a satisfying job. Or it may be living without a loved
      one who has been taken in death. The gravity of such losses forces us to live a different kind of life—no matter how unwelcome it may be.
      When our “new normal” comes, it’s easy to think no one understands how we
      feel. But that isn’t true. Part of the reason Jesus came was to
      experience life among us, resulting in His present ministry: “For we do
      not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but
      was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15).
      Our Savior lived a perfect life, yet He also knew the pains of a broken
      world. He endured sorrow; He suffered agony. And He stands ready to
      encourage us when the dark moments of life force us to embrace a new
      normal. —Bill Crowder
      Father, thank You that in the darkest seasons of life, You
      will never abandon us. Guide us with Your never-failing
      presence through both the welcome and unwelcome changes
      of life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
      In our desert of grief, Jesus can provide an oasis of hope.
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