“Grief and Hope” (I Thessalonians 4:13-18); Guest Speaker Jazmin Miller-Price

Camas Friends Church member Jazmin Miller-Price is a hospital chaplain resident at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and a member of the SCYMF’s People Care committee. As an Oregon native, she likes walking in both the sunshine and the rain and especially likes when both happen at once. She lives with her husband, Jared, in St. Johns in Portland in a house shared with a close Christian community.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18:

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15 For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Queries:

Do I give myself and others enough space and opportunity to grieve deeply?
What kind of relationship do I have with grief and hope? How do I experience both together?
How can I accept death and living, loss and abundance, as they coexist in me?