The Chattanooga Center for Grief Recovery is now open, right here as a partner in ministry with White Oak, UMC. We are so thrilled to be ready to serve our church family and our community.
Grief is not just about death and divorce, although they may be absolutely devastating. Grief is also about a significant emotional loss of any kind. These losses often leave us broken hearted and stuck in our pain.
Here in the US we focus on how to accumulate things but are never taught how to let go of stuff. By the time we are 3 years old, we already have 75% of the information we will use to interpret the world around us. Many of us were not given the proper tools to process the losses in our lives and they have accumulated in our emotional heart and become an emotional tumor in our spirit, leaving us exhausted and emotionally over reactive, with our heads bouncing between the regrets of the past and the worries of the future.
If that sounds like you, you are not crazy; you’re stuck, grieving, with a broken heart. That is what we are here for, and we are so excited! If you are interested in finding out more, go to GriefChatt.com.
The 12-steps have long been of great help in recovery. Much of their power comes from the fact they capture principles clearly revealed in the Bible. The following 12 steps that are the foundation of our Recovery Groups, connects with the corresponding scripture that supports them.
12 STEPS AND BIBLICAL COMPARISONS
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18 NIV
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV
3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 NIV
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40 NIV
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16a NIV
6 We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 NIV
7 We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV
8 We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 NIV
9 We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 NIV
10 We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12
11 We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a NIV
12 Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 NIV
AA Support Group meets on Thursday nights at 6:30PM in the Library
Contact Brennan at 423-322-6738