Word for Word 10/19/22

Rev. Laura Gentry
Rev. Laura Gentry

“Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” - Earl Grollman

We all grieve at various times in our lives and yet we often feel awkward around the grief of others. What can we do or say that will help ease their pain?

My congregation, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, will be offering a free event to address this issue. We have invited author Randy Stocker from Rochester, MN to speak in Lansing. He will give a presentation and answer questions on Sunday, October 23 from 1-2 p.m. at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, 1944 Columbus Rd, Lansing.

Stocker has a tragic story to share: His mother and two of his daughters were killed in a car accident in 2003. In the wake of such unimaginable loss, he eventually found healing and new life. Now his life is dedicated to helping others overcome their grief. He wrote a book called Hugs Help: Our Story of Tragic  Loss, Survival and Helping Others. You can find out more at Hugshelp.org.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their grief, this book offers valuable insight. Our church is delighted to bring Randy Stocker to Lansing so that he can share his wisdom and compassion. We believe he can bring us all a great deal of much needed healing. I hope that you and your friends will join us.

Rev. Laura Gentry
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Lansing