Sanctuary First is a place where you can just be. I’m writing this section especially for you or perhaps a friend of yours who has recently been bereaved. I certainly do not know exactly how you feel. I think too often friends and family try to empathise with us in our grief by saying ” I know how you feel” The truth is no one really knows how you feel. And in a strange way you don’t want to think that someone else could possibly understand your situation. It’s all to private and the wound you have feels raw and open.
Everyone has to deal with bereavement in their own unique way. Don’t listen to people who expect you to get over your loss in a few months. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. You need to allow yourself time to grieve and time to begin to reshape the world that has changed all around you. There is more to life than you might imagine.
I don’t know what you think about life after death. All I’d like to say at this point is I don’t want to talk too much about the way my faith has helped me in my times of bereavement. Instead I’d like to encourage you to begin to follow your own spiritual journey.
Sanctuary First seeks to be a safe place where people can engage with their search for meaning and faith without feeling overwhelmed or trapped in anyway by another person. Let me just encourage you to deepen your faith and before long you will find yourself drawing from it.
Prayer is something most people do. Indeed we are often more expert in it than we might imagine. People pray in a variety of ways and places. Sometimes a prayer can be a thought, a feeling, a longing. Believe this or not, sometimes God helps us make a prayer, when we can’t pray. He knows we don’t know what to pray for yet he draws close to us, he hears us when we are silent.
The Bible is the one book that has brought a great deal of comfort and insight to millions of people going through the darkest times in their lives. Here at Sanctuary First you will find verses from the Bible which I’m sure will be a source of comfort and strength to you through the coming weeks and months.