We have been doing a study based on a Stephen Ministries book titled Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who are Suffering by Kenneth C. Haugk. Dr. Haugk is a pastor and clinical psychologist and is the founder and Executive Director of Stephen Ministries. He wrote the book in response to his own experience in the loss of his wife to ovarian cancer. Everyone has been in the position of trying to support someone going through a difficult time. Maybe you have been the one enduring difficulty. Sometimes well-meaning friends or family, in their effort to take away your pain, will say something incredibly hurtful, not because they wanted to hurt you, but because they didn’t know what else to say.
Last week we were not scheduled to meet because school was not scheduled to be in session. Earlier plans were to meet at a coffee shop for informal conversation. Because of the stress and concern from conditions of the pandemic, we decided to try a check-in session via Zoom video conference.
The last time we actually met in person, we discussed “Words that Hurt and Words that Heal.” This Friday, March 27, we will take a very close look at what the author of the book calls “pink thinking.” He says that the difference between words that hurt and not heal and pink thinking is like the difference between being harpooned and being nibbled to death by ducks. Pink thinking is optimism run amok, glossing over the person’s pain. One is encouraged to “think positive” regardless of the situation.
That topic is pretty relevant to our present situation, and I think we will have a good discussion, via video conference.
March 27 /Pink Thinking
April 3 /Creating a Safe Place
April 10 /No Meeting
April 17 /No Meeting
April 24 /Simple and Profound
May 1 /I AM Statements
May 8 /Don’t Worry
May 15 / Knowing God’s Will
May 22/ No Meeting
Book Group has selected their next book Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis by Patti Callahan. Tuesday, May 5 is the discussion date. Some copies are available at the library.
If you want to participate in the Zoom video conference on Friday at 9:30, please email me at email@example.com and I will send you the link and meeting invitation.
Grace and peace,