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Emotional and spirtual recovery when you've lost everything

The emotional and spirtual trauma felt by those affected by Hurricane Katrina has to be enormous.  There are hundreds of thousands of all ages who are having to cope with losing everything.  How do you rebuild your life?

Pastor Rick Warren, the Purpose Driven Life author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California, provides some answers through the notes for his sermon last Sunday.  The seven steps, he lists, are applicable to anybody who has experienced major loss: 

His seven rebuilding steps are:

  1. Release your grief
  2. Resist bitterness
  3. Reevaluate your life
  4. Receive help from others
  5. Rely on the Lord
  6. Refuse to be discouraged
  7. Reach out to others

His notes and his worksheets are a free download.  Individuals, small groups and churches would benefit by making them available.