The Psalmist cries “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.” (Psalm 25:16-17)

Passages like these remind us of the importance of facing our reality honestly and calling out to God from whatever place we find ourselves. When we lift these emotions to God, we find a God who hears our pain and knows the comfort we need to move through our losses.

The Psalmist says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 34:1-2)

We want to invite you to participate in the Story Table: Tornado Edition. Through this meeting, we cultivate a safe space where we can honestly face our challenges and our feelings from the tornado that tore through our community. The Story Table is a safe, confidential space for you to tell your story. It is an opportunity to tell the truth about where you’ve been, where you are, and where you hope to be.

What to expect:

On Monday, January 24 at 6:30pm in the Cup of Hope of our Melrose Campus, we will meet in person and via Zoom. Each participant will answer the same three questions with no interruptions, no prescriptions, no debates. After a brief introduction, tables will begin with introductions and the opportunity for each participant share their story.

As you introduce yourself, please share what your experience has been with natural disaster prior to December 12.

1. What unforgettable sounds, pictures, tensions, and memories are you currently experiencing from that early morning of Dec. 12?

2. Since December 12 we’ve settling into a new understanding of life in Bowling Green, KY. Some places will never be the same, but other events and activities have resumed as “normal.” What has been challenging about this “new normal”?

3. Some coping skills serve us well in healing and processing hard events, but others can compound the discomfort and grief. What coping mechanisms have you used to deal with this moment, and what can you continue to access going forward? What about this experience has stretched your coping skills and/or helped identify your need for additional supports?

We’ll conclude by sharing some “next steps” and by praying together.

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