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Sun Lakes Methodist class will help the grieving

August 7th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Sun Lakes Methodist class will help the grieving

By Jean Newell, Guest Writer


Some storms are predictable and we can prepare ahead of time for what the storm will bring. Other times, a storm comes unexpectedly and we have no choice but to deal with the storm as it comes.

The same can be said for the storms in our lives: Some are predictable and some aren’t. Grief can be like a storm. If a loved one dies after an extended illness, grief can be like waiting for the storm you can see on the horizon. You know it is coming; you’re just not sure when it will arrive.

Then again, death can come unexpectedly. It can hit you like a tornado that suddenly appears, toppling buildings and upending trees. Whether grief is anticipated or comes upon you suddenly, the pain and heartache are unavoidable.

Unfortunately, in a world of microwaves, TV on demand and instant messaging, there is no quick, easy or “right” way to grieve. The way in which one grieves is unique to each individual.

If you are struggling to find your way through the storm of grief, consider being part of the Wednesday afternoon GriefShare class at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 5-Nov. 14 in room 4 of the Education Building.

Each class is self-contained, so if you are not able to attend every class, you are welcome to come as often as possible. The class registration fee of $15 covers the cost of the workbook. Register online at or at the church office. Information: 480-895-8766.

New insights daily

Sometimes I miss the days when a phone was simply that, a phone! Recently, I noticed my cell phone’s battery needed recharging, so as I had done countless times before, I plugged it into the charger at the end of the day.

The next morning, I unplugged the phone and realized that the screen was growing dim, so dim I could barely read it, which made calling and texting hard to do. I had no choice; I needed a new phone.

Reluctantly, I stopped in the phone store the next day to purchase a new phone. When I told the associate, who was young enough to be one of my grandchildren, about the problem, he simply took the phone in hand, scrolled through a couple of screens, and explained I had apparently selected the brightness icon and turned the brightness down myself.

I was stunned. I had no idea there was an icon to control the brightness. I’m still not sure where that icon is.

Oh, for the day when a car radio was simply that, a radio. My new car is a 2017 model, and the radio is no longer simple.

It’s all digital now, with a screen in the middle of the console that will display at different times a navigation system with a map to get you where you need to go and a view of what the backup camera is recording as you back up, the call letters of a radio station and the title and artist of a song playing on the radio or CD.

All I want to do is turn on the radio to a favorite station! After unsuccessfully trying to decipher the owner’s manual, it seems my best option is to ask for help from my kids who are much more “computer-savvy” than I am.

There’s always something new to learn, isn’t there? Same can be said when we read the Bible. Countless times I will read a passage of scripture that I’ve read before, but for some reason, I find something new to consider in the familiar words.

I’m convinced it is as the psalmist wrote “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105.

Truly, every new insight revealed helps us live the life God has given us to the fullest.

-Jean Newell is associate pastor of Sun Lakes United Methodist Church.