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August 23rd, 2019
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Classy Rack to host grief recovery program

grief recoveryCourtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Everyone goes through some type of loss at some point in life, whether it’s the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job. For many people though, there is a need for some extra help while going through the grieving process. 

The Classy Rack Thrift Store in Liberal is looking to help with just that and will be hosting a grief recovery program starting at the end of September. The sessions will be Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, with each session starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a program to help people recovering from a loss. When you have a loss, it can be a devastating thing and you might not fully know how to work through the grief, you might not know how to begin your life over after a loss happens,” The Classy Rack Owner Peggy Lloyd said. “This program is to help address those issues and help people get started in the healing process. Many people feel like they are the only ones experiencing fear and anger because of a loss, and those are some of the things we'll be focusing on. When you get in a group and people start sharing, you begin to understand how even though every loss situation is different, and there's not anyone else going through your exact situation, you share some common things like those feelings of fear and anger and pain. So we're going to be concentrating on the grief reactions and the pain of dealing with a loss, so it should be a pretty extensive discussion for everyone who attends.”

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Two weeks ago, we mentioned a small synagogue in Nazareth that we visited. In the region of the Sea of Galilee were three other towns, no longer in existence, where many of Jesus’ miracles were performed, but whose destruction was foretold by Jesus. “‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!...  And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades’” (Matthew 11:21, 23). Because earthquakes have since destroyed the three cities, all we were able to do was drive past ruins of Chorazin and Bethsaida and visit the archaeological site at Capernaum. 

The synagogue foundation in Capernaum has been unearthed, showing black volcanic stone used during the time of Jesus, and an upper layer of white stone rebuilt probably after the destruction of Rome – but before the earthquakes. There’s a striking Greek Orthodox church nearby with a red domed roof, and the House of Peter. We toured that modern spaceship-like building, with a glass opening in the floor that provides a view to ruins of an ancient home underneath. On the nearby seashore is a large statue of Peter the fisherman. 

Of the four Gospel writers, Mark gives the most succinct, fast-paced account of Jesus’ life. Perhaps using Peter’s first-hand stories of those years, Mark in the first chapter starts off at a gallop. In only twenty-eight verses, the author covered John the Baptist’s ministry in the wilderness, Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, the calling of four disciples, and then some significant healings in one town. Next week we’ll discuss the physical healing of Peter’s mother-in-law at his home in Capernaum.