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Summary: Many women have never been able to have a child. Many others have lost children to death or long term sinful choices. This mesage is designed to spotlight this painful reality, and open doors to help.

Motherhood and Mourning

Pastor Eric J. Hanson

May 10, 2009

• Those who have not been able to have children

Proverbs 30:15-16. The barren womb is NEVER satisfied.

I Samuel 1:1-11.

• Those who have lost little ones in the womb or as babies

Matthew 2:18

• Those who have lost their children later also grieve very strongly.

The grave is a mocker and has a very loud voice.

It is an enemy! Make no mistake about this!

I Corinthians 15:26

• Those whose teen or adult children have walked away from Godly ways and who show no inclination to repent. This “spiritual death” can be even harder to bear, year after year.

a. The sudden death of murder, of traffic accidents, of industrial accidents, or of war hurt those who are left behind with a long lasting pain.

b. The slow death of disease, or starvation also leaves a long lasting pain.

c. One day all of this pain will come to an end for all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:52-58)

Conclusion:

In the meantime, we need to be supportive of one another and lend strength to those who are weakened by the severe pain of bereavement.

Lead into prayer ministry.

Life Application Questions

Motherhood and Mourning

Please read I Thessalonians 4:13-18

“Therefore Encourage (comfort) each other with these words” –I Thessalonians 4:18

In addition to Sunday’s outline, reproduced on the other side of this paper, I have added the above scripture as a key for those who have been bereaved to have real life sustaining HOPE.

Questions:

1. Discuss the issue of the barren womb being “never satisfied”. What thoughts or real life situations come to mind?

2. Perhaps you have been or are now close to someone who has lost a child. Discuss the concept of death as an enemy in connection with this.

3. What part can we who have never lost a child play in encouraging those who have? Can we possibly help? How? (I Thessalonians 5:9-11)

4. Do you need any personal ongoing support in these matters? If so please contact one of the elders, and we will be glad to talk with you and connect you with some people who may be helpful.


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