Loss is a foreign discomfort that we would rather not wrestle with, and yet it can find its way into every fabric of our life. The Book of Psalms gives voice both to songs of joyful praise and to expressions of anger, grief, and lament.

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.

On this All Saints’ Day, we honor those in our community who have died and those loved by our community who have passed from this life. We acknowledge the darkness and isolation we experience, we hold space to recount our losses, and we rest in solidarity with God and our community, for our God has promised to be in the darkness with us.

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: A Time to Grieve (All Saints’ Edition). Through this meeting, we cultivate a safe space where we can honestly face our challenges and our grief. 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, November 1 at 6:30 pm, we will meet in person (in the Cup of Hope) and on Zoom. Each participant will answer the same three questions with no interruptions, no prescriptions, no debates. After a brief introduction, tables of 8 people will begin with introductions and the opportunity for each participant share the name(s) of the individual or individuals and their relationship to them. Each person will then answer the following three questions:

1)    Tell us about your relationship with this person and what your life looks like in their absence.

2)    Every loss is unique. What have been some of the most challenging aspects you’ve been forced to navigate in your journey of loss?

3)    What are three hopes you might have for your life in the midst of or after this loss?

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

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