Jesus died on the cross and was buried but rose from the dead on the third day. It is probably one of the most pivotal and important event in human history. Jesus rose victorious after defeating death.
What do you think you would do, if you were Jesus, on that very first day of resurrection? There would have been so much to do, so many people to meet and so much to say. But what did Jesus actually spend most of the day doing?
Well, in Luke 24: 13-35, we read that Jesus chose to spend most of that day walking along side two of his disciples as they walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus and while not revealing his own identity, he ministered to them while they expressed their grief and shock over the crucifixion and death of Jesus. In other words, Jesus spent that first day doing grief counseling.
In that way, Jesus showed us what was important to his heart. Jesus said of His mission: “He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted.” (Isaiah 61:1).
A few members from our church went last Saturday to attend a seminar on grief counseling at the Brickfields Tamil Methodist Church. Dr. Edmund Ng shared with the 100 over gathered there about the nature of grief and the do’s and dont’s in regards to helping those who are grieving. The session was helpful and informative but it can only be but a basic introduction.
For those of us who would like to do more and learn more so that we can follow in Jesus ministry to heal the broken-hearted, there is a more substantial training event coming up soon.
The National Association of Christian Counsellors are organising the 3rd National Conference (2013) “Effective Christian Counselling”. This is a two day event to be held at the Bible College of Malaysia, Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya from June 14 – 15th.
Some of the issues to be covered include;
- developing emotional excellence at home
- Meeting the challenges and needs of youth
- avoiding pitfalls in lay counselling
- raising secure and confident children
- mental health issues in senior citizens
- dealing with mid-life transitioning
- healing inner hurt.
The cost to attend is RM 200 but there are some discounts available. For more info, check out NACC 3rd National Conference.