Rev. Dr. Moses Asamoah, Jr. On The Power Of Faith Over Grief

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Grief pushes us to hit our lowest points. We tend to keep to ourselves, refuse to open to other people, and ultimately, get angry at God. However, those in the middle of their grief fail to see that in their most sorrowful moments, God does not abandon them. He guides them back to their feet.

 

In this episode, I speak with Rev. Dr. Moses Asamoah, Jr. of the Living Destiny Church. He shares his experiences treating people not only from the illness of the body but also the scars in their hearts. Rev. Dr. Moses talks about the powerful role of keeping the faith and letting God work in our lives to overcome grief. He also explains why getting professional counseling or undergoing therapy is highly advisable for grieving individuals – and why it is actually biblical.

 

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Rev. Dr. Moses Asamoah, Jr. On The Power Of Faith Over Grief

In this episode, we are in my place of worship and we’re going to be speaking with my pastor, Pastor Moses Asamoah at Living Destiny Church. I want to say thank you for joining and being part of this conversation. Also, I am sorry for the person that you have lost that’s driven you to this discussion. I am hopeful that this conversation will encourage and inspire you. We’re going to speak about losing your faith in the process of grief, how to deal with people that are trying to rush you through, the idea of therapy, a counselor and what that looks like in the Christian faith. Let’s jump right into the conversation.

 

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We are at the place where I worship. Pastor Moses Asamoah, welcome.

Thank you for having me.

Thank you for being here. Pastor Moses, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m originally from Ghana, West Africa. I’ve been in the US for many years. I came here when I was fifteen and I’ve been here since. I planted this church years ago and it’s been great in the City of Norfolk. I’m having fun.

That’s a short version. Tell me about fifteen-year-old Moses coming to America.

Fifteen-year-old Moses came with the excitement and the vision of being a medical doctor, a Neurosurgeon. I came and went to high school at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduation, I was accepted into the Ohio State University but I didn’t have cash. I had to take a year off and work at Staples.

They called that gap year.

Yes, I did that. I saved a lot of money and then went to Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. I majored in Chemistry. In my last year, I got the call for ministry. I came down to Virginia Beach to Regent University to get my Master’s in Divinity and Organizational Leadership.

What was the struggle like in Staples of this young man that came from Africa, thinking you were going to be a doctor? You did not understand all the dynamics of that. What were some of your thoughts at that point?

It was difficult because all my friends from high school were in college. They are talking about how exciting and fun it is. Here I am talking about cleaning up in hour five, mopping things and saying, “Where is my father?” If my natural father was here, he would’ve paid my bills and made my schools covered but here I am. I couldn’t pay for school so I had to work. “Why am I in this land? I want to go back. It makes no sense.” It was difficult but it was good. That was what I did. I learned how to buy my clothes and the computers I needed for college. Things like that were beneficial in my life. Just going through it as a 15 or 16-year-old is not comfortable and fun.

Knowing you could have gone home and your dad would’ve covered everything, what made you stay here?

It was a better opportunity. The educational system here was way better than back home. At that time, there were about three universities in Ghana. Imagine all the highest schools competing for three. I did well in school but I would’ve been very competitive about the opportunities I get in this country with the hands-on. Technology was way greater than I would’ve been there.

You come in here and you’re going to be a doctor. How does this get switched up?

The first thing was in my first year of Mary Washington College, God tells me, “You are going to be a doctor of people’s hearts, not a doctor of people’s bodies.”

How do you know it was God telling you that for you? How are you able to pivot your entire life and know it’s God giving you that direction?

I’ve worked with him for a while so I knew his voice through his word. It was distinct from mine. It wasn’t my plan at all. It wasn’t in there. When he told me about my first year, I buried it. I kept on with Chemistry. I kept on working at nursing homes, volunteering and building up my resume to go there but then it was my senior year.

You’re at the end of this program so you’re one step closer.

I’ve begun all my applications and done my campus tour. I narrowed it down to a PharmD, a Doctor of Pharmacy and an MBA. I found the perfect school that did both together. I was going to own a pharmacy, be a pharmacist and do big-time stuff. That was the plan.

You’re about to step into that. What happened?

I’m praying one day and he says, “No, you will not go.”

What made you choose to listen to God and do that versus what you wanted to do?

It always works better when I listen to God. What was painful has been most rewarding. He told me, “The lives that I will change when you obey me will be way greater than the lives you would change as a medical doctor.” In the moment, I believed him but now that I see it, he was right.

Let’s get to the name of the church that you have and talk about change. How do those connect with the vision that God told you about changing hearts?

I served in some other ministries before the church began. I was able to touch lives. Science is powerful. Medicine is great but there are some pains in people’s lives that medicine cannot touch and only God can. Being able to be his hands and his feet to see somebody’s life from where it was to where it is in a better place and be able to move forward has been amazing.

There are some pains in people’s lives that medicine cannot touch and only God can. Click To Tweet

Can you share some? Not people’s names. What have been some of those memories or lives that God has allowed you to see their destiny? We’re living at a church at 550 East Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia. The name of the church is Living Destiny. The church’s mission and vision, how do you see that coming back to what God told you in that last year of college?

I have seen people go from not having a plan for their life or living anyhow they want to and now obeying God and following God and then coming back and saying, “I’m glad I stopped doing what I was doing.” I’m glad God changed my life. I’ve seen marriages come alive, people who are on the verge of giving up and almost done and turned around and restored. I know for a fact the heart disposition of people toward God. My life mission is to love God and teach people how to love him.

That intimacy and ability to somebody who says, “I don’t believe in God or I believe in God but I can’t hear his voice. Is he even there,” to where they are pursuing God. God is talking to them and they see the results of his voice in their life. To me, at that point, my work is done. You’re good. If I can get to the place where you can love God and hear his voice, he got you.

That is a bit of a different perspective. Sometimes, when people are in church, it seems as if the pastor becomes the main voice that people are trying to tune into where you are feeling like God is directing you to let God’s voice be the loudest in each person. What are some ways in which you usher that for people to do?

One of the simplest ways is when you ask me a question and ask you a question back. “Pastor, what should I do? What is God telling you to do? What do you mean by God telling me? As a pastor, I suppose you tell me what to do.” “I will pray for you and if I hear God say something, I will come and share it with you. We are going to train you and help you find how God speaks to you.” I always give the example of the color red. If you see red, for somebody it means stop, blood of Jesus, roses or beauty. When God shows you red, what does it mean for you? Interpret God’s voice for yourself.

I believe the church is stronger when people can hear God for themselves. It gives me time to breathe and spend time with my family. I learned in college very quickly. I was the man that people would tell, “Moses, let’s talk about my family, my boyfriend and my girlfriend.” I’m struggling. I’m walking around and my eyes are pulsating. I’m like, “Lord, heal my eyes.” He says, “No, you need sleep.” I was doing everything for everybody and then I realized I’m carrying everybody’s weight. God says, “Your body was not meant for this. You can’t do that.”

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When I hear you say that, I think about Moses in the Bible. Wasn’t it Moses that was doing all that and his father-in-law?

Jethro, his father-in-law came and told him, “If you keep doing this, you’re going to die.” Choose people and appoint them over 10, 50 or 100. If they can’t solve it, then it’ll come to you. You can’t act as the savior of the world.” That has been my motto and the way I operate. Jesus is stronger and wiser than me so trying to be the hero in people’s lives doesn’t work.

 

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Being that strong medical profession and I heard you mention science, how will some of those things, even more, enforce you that God is real?

I had a chemistry teacher who was a Christian. From the jump, he’s exposing the power of science in revealing God. God is God and science is on a journey. He’s always amazed about, “Look at what God is doing.” The laws of science operate in such a way that they are laws because they have been proven over and over again.

A theory is an assumption. We’re still working with it but a theory is like a hypothesis. We think but the law is a law. The law of gravity. No matter how cute you are, if you jump up, you’re going to come down. That hasn’t changed. When we look at the laws of science and how they work, they reveal a master designer, one who is in charge and who has created this unique system that is intertwined and working together. You come to a point where you cannot deny the existence of God.

You’re lining up with the Bible and the word that there is a verse that talks about something that Science has said seeing that confirmation.

They are observing nature and the depth of nature. You ask yourself. From a sperm and an egg, a baby is conceived and then that embryo is grown. It has hair and nails.

That woman that has birthed that child has the ability to nourish it.

Also, the form and function. I learned something. When a woman is pregnant and I’ve never been pregnant so maybe you can help me with that, towards the time of birth or due date, I saw my wife go to the bathroom almost every two hours because of the pressure. I come to realize that is all part of God’s preparation for the body and the woman. When the baby’s nursing every two hours, your body is pre-programmed with the rotation to do that.

Being a pastor and this conversation that we’re in, what have been some depths in your life personally that have impacted you?

The greatest one was the loss of my father. That still rocks me. It’s the moment. It comes when I’m in the shower and cried like a baby because I miss him. Even in this picture, it says, “Salome, so long humility.” Every time we get on the phone, he calls me Salome. He never ends a conversation without telling me to stay humble.

When did your dad leave this world?

That was in 2014, I believe.

Thank you for sharing that. I hear people say that we don’t sorrow like the world’s sorrow. I feel like when people say that, they don’t realize but yet we do sorrow.

Mourning is biblical. It even goes further if you study the story of the Jews and even later, the place of lament. The lament is a cry for justice, marginalized and pain. It is a reflection of what has been lost. By the Rivers of Babylon, we once wept when we remembered Zion. It is biblical to lament and mourn because those who don’t do that forget where they’ve come from.

It is a healing experience and it connects you closer to God. Avoiding mourning is terrible because it pretends when God says, “When you walk through the fire, I’ll be with you. When you walk through the water, you will not drown.” If our lives are always perfect, happy and smiley, then what did God mean by, “I will never leave you nor forsake you?”

 

 

You’re telling me it’s okay to mourn and grieve.

It’s necessary, critical and very important. If you don’t grieve and cry, it’s going to show up somewhere else.

Where have you seen some people that tried to deny that grieving process? How did that show up? What did that look like?

I have seen people who are usually angry about everything. Everybody is at fault to the point where you are angry and upset at God. Nothing works. It’s because you have never grieved or there’s a point of guilt that I have not mourned the person. “I didn’t have the opportunity to mourn whatever situation there was. I haven’t done it right. I feel guilty and it’s all your fault.” It’ll show up there. There are cases where it’ll show up in your health like high blood pressure or feeling discomfort. The body is not meant to carry some things.

That grief that you’re carrying starts affecting your body’s functionality.

It does. Unusual pressure like, “I can’t breathe,” and all those things. Things start shutting down. Remember when I told you about when I was in college and my eyes are pulsating? I’m carrying the weight. It shows. Your body tells you. Pain is a sign that something is wrong or off. Therefore, if you don’t allow that to be resolved, it’s going to keep hurting or it’s going to change into a different form. At first, it was a baby toenail and then we’re like, “We have to amputate the whole leg because we didn’t take care of that.”

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You mentioned something about people saying they’re mad at God. How do you handle that when someone comes to you whom a loved one has died and they’re mad at God?

The way we normally talk about that and share it with people is God is a big God. He can handle it. Be honest with God. God is not offended and shocked like, “Are you angry at me?” No. God is like, “I understand you.” I look at the story of Moses and God. God says, “These people are stubborn. I’m not going with them.” Moses says, “No, they are your people. You’re going with them because I’m going to kill them.” God said, “If you kill them, people are going to laugh at you.”

God is able to handle our fists and anger. Religion has taught us that anytime you do that, then God is going to strike you. God understands our pain and frustration. When it comes out that anger at him, it is like my kids when I told them you can’t do something. They don’t want to talk to me and they’re angry at me. Later on, they’re like, “Thank you, Daddy.” At the moment, I understand that it is no rebellion and they are not being rude. They’re just in pain.

If you have a natural person that can understand that about your children, how much more God? That also goes back to the idea of teaching someone to know God for themselves. If I have that personal relationship with God, when I get to life start life-ing, I’m not removed to come to God with my disappointments and anger and also with my joy.

 

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We have been taught in society that God is the bearded man upstairs with the bat. He’s only there to beat you up and check you but when I say that God is a God of love, his love is like the ocean and he covers all, you realize that God can take everything. He says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” The burdens you are carrying, the yolk upon your heart and body are saying, “God, this is too much for me.” He says, “Good. I’m glad you realize that you can’t handle this yourself. Talk to me about it.” He’s more than ready. He’s my ever-present help in my time of need.

What are some things that you recommend people do when they’re trying to walk out of their grief?

Let it out. When it comes, cry. Don’t worry about your face. Your face never looks good when you cry. I also recommend always talking to somebody. Have somebody you can call. The way I see it is who is able to create a fence around you and have you be whoever, a safe space like, “No, we are not going driving or doing that.” Whatever else in this safe space, you are free to do and you will not be judged. You need that person in your life.

What do you think when someone goes to a professional to create that safe space, whether it’s a counselor, a therapist, a personal coach or someone to do that? What do you see in perspective to being a pastor in church and religion?

I believe in it right there. When you got saved, your spirit got saved by your soul which is your mind. Your will and emotions did not change. Your body was the same thing. You still wanted the same food after you got saved. Nothing changed with that. The false narrative that anything natural with the mind and emotion to have a counselor help you through is not godly. It is wrong.

The Bible says, “In the multitude of counselors, there is safety.” God says, “Go find a counselor and have somebody.” It’s awfully over-spiritual for people to think that it is not necessary to have somebody walk with you. It is in point. A sad example is you can pray, “God, blessed me with money,” but when the money comes to you, you still got to manage it. That probably was even a not-so-good example because money doesn’t respond to prayer. Money responds to sewing. If you’re not working, investing and planning your money, you can pray all you want but money is not going to change.

It is not right to think that getting a counselor to help you through grief is ungodly. It is awfully over-spiritual for people to believe that it is not necessary to have somebody to walk with you. Click To Tweet

Also, if you are not going to work and you have the means to have a job.

How do you expect a spiritual prayer to fix that? There’s a place in the mind where the Bible says, “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” That renewal comes by taking the word of God. The Bible says, “How come they believe unless they have heard? How come they hear until a preacher is sent to them?” There’s a place where there’s somebody in your life. How come the two worked together? Unless they are in agreement. Have somebody to guide you and reflect so that you can balance yourself in what you’re doing.

The idea of making that over religious, if I’m at work and I’m needing some training to do my job, I’m going to sign up for that training so I can be better at my job.

Prayer will not solve it.

The prayer may tell too, “Keep your mouth closed and listen to what you’re being taught.” We live in this world physically. We have to deal with all parts of us in this world.

I believe in balance. It has to be balanced. The Bible says, “The faith without work is dead.” I can have all the faith in the world but if I don’t have the boldness to act on it, then it’s meaningless. The balance is necessary. We are spirit beings. God speaks to us. God gives us power and all of that. That’s good and yet, God doesn’t write your cheques to pay your bills for you. God doesn’t bathe your children for you. You still got to do that yourself because there is a balance in the equation.

You talked about people being angry with God. What if a loved one has died and their faith in God is challenged or weakened because of that? How do you talk to someone, work with them, have that conversation or walk with them in that process?

Most of the time, it is silence. I’ve lost my father and mom but if somebody has a death in their life that I cannot relate to, I could never use the phrase I don’t understand because I don’t.

You’ve never used that with me.

It’s always like, “I can imagine your pain and frustration.” Sometimes you got to sit with the person and let them fight and struggle through it knowing that it goes through life. “I’m mad at God.” There are some things that we don’t understand but one thing I know is that all things worked together for the good. “Why did God have to take them? They love and serve God. They did everything. They were a good person.” Sometimes my best answer is, “I don’t know and I don’t understand but we can walk this through.” Allow them time and space. Also, the grief process with anger and fear.

Let people walk through it. The beautiful part about it is that the whole time God is with them, they don’t feel God is with them. They are angry at God but my job is to keep reminding them that God is there. The truth of the matter is that God is there. The ability to walk through the anger and all of it is still a God-guided process. I’m there to hear you. For lack of a better term, I’m there to be a representation of God’s love.

Too many times, we may feel like we’re alone when we’re grieving but the reality, instead of coming at someone with judgment or condemnation and saying this, you’re saying to let God do his work and be with them in the process.

There is no timetable for healing, the fact that you got over it. Sometimes when people get over things too quickly, I’m like, “No, you buried it somewhere. It’s going to pop up.”

In 2014, your dad passed. That is forever with you. There is a way you may manage it differently than you did in 2014. I don’t know if we ever get over it. It’s just how we continue to live through it.

I’m healed but I’m not over it. I was coming to the church and for some reason, I felt like listening to Luther Vandross, Dance With My Father Again. This was something about a little girl dancing with her father. I’m like, “I miss my daddy. I want to call him again. I want him to give me the silly jokes that he’s told me. I want to hear his voice again.” My dad was way older when he had me. I sat before him and listen. He tells me anything. I don’t care. He just talks. I can’t do that, especially when my father did not see my children, any of the girls.

In my mind, I’m thinking, “You’re opening the church and coming here.”

I told him about the struggle of leaving chemistry, being a pastor and letting everything go. I went to him and talked to him. He left me and went upstairs. I think he cried. I don’t know. I told him what God was telling me. If anything, he was the most important person I needed to say yes.

To get some more impact on that, what are your siblings’ fields of expertise? How that relates to your family?

At the time of my calling, they were all serving in church but I was the only one filling the call for ministry. My oldest brother is a pastor. The next brother is a pastor. The sister is a pastor and I’m also a pastor. There’s a worship leader and other ministers.

You’re like, “I will be a doctor.”

There you go. Dr. Pastor. Step ahead. It was tough. His approval was everything. He came back downstairs and said, “You’ve been good at everything you do so whatever you do, be the best at it.” God has used me to plant a church and I want him to see it. I’m working on my doctorate. “Daddy, you said it.”

What is the vision for this ministry that God has given you?

Raise more leaders and plant more churches.

Is there a number as far as planting?

The goal is no less than 300. We are building one and establishing it as a prototype, making sure the systems are working. We are going to duplicate it and do the work. My dad loves architecture. He was an architect. He comes to the US for the first time and he’s seeing the roads. I took him to my college. He’s fascinated. He likes engineering and architecture. I’m like, “I wish he was here when we’re doing this work.”

With the idea of church planting, if there’s a pastor that feels like they need some guidance on dealing with people that are grieving, what are some things that you maybe would recommend to them? Do you have any coaching, facility or ability to provide any assistance?

This flows into the pattern of our discussion. There is a place for me as pastor where I guide. I realized, “This is too much for me”. I need somebody who is trained to put a name to that feeling and identify, “No, you are not crazy. What you are feeling is called this.” “Thank you. I thought I was by myself.” Pastors have a situation where they need to help somebody through grieving. Pray with them, do your best and coach them if you can. I do coach so I help people through it but there comes a time when somebody who is trained to focus on that. A grief counselor is great to help them through.

At that point of loss, it’s not only death. Everything else is thrown off. It is not just, “I lost this person in my life.” They were, for lack of a better term, the breaks. “Now that my brakes are gone, the car is flying. The hood is open. Everything is going.” As a pastor, you can only do so much to hold it together. The person’s entire life is in a different arrangement than we all planned but no one expects it. I’m in a place where everything is off. Tell me to get over it and get better or, “Why are you still crying,” doesn’t help me. You’re praying for somebody who is grieving and your prayers almost become like, “Are you done?”

You do more harm than good with that.

It’s like, “I hear you but I don’t feel better. The pain is still there.” I met with a gentleman who had lost his wife suddenly. He was the one having health issues. The wife was the one taking care of him and then the wife is suddenly gone. He says, “I can’t sleep. If my wife looks at the house, it’s a whole mess. She kept it pretty clean. Now, I got clothes and stuff everywhere. I can’t even sleep.”

All I can say is, “We got you. What can we do to help? We can come to your house, clean up and bring food. We can help with the bills and put things in order. I pray the peace of God, Lord, unless you watch in vain. Your word says you give your beloved sleep so sleep. Lord God, do that.” We know very well that God will do that and it will take time for him to realize that his wife is no longer in the house. That was his security. “Even if I’m in the other room, my wife is here so I need to worry. Now, she’s not there.”

Spiritually, we can handle things but I believe in Christian counseling. I’ve had to take people to counseling. I didn’t just drop them off. They said, “Can you come to sit in the counseling?” I sit in the room to provide that comfort. Remember that space for them to grieve? After they were done, I went many times to the point where I was like, “Madam Counselor, when you are done, I’m next. Give me some of that.”

We’ll do marriage counseling and all these other different things. Thank you for unpacking that. What are some things that you feel people in church makes them afraid to be honest about their grief?

There was an expectation that if you’re a strong Christian, you can handle adversity. If you’re a prayer warrior, then you endure whoever says and affliction. Also, do the work of an evangelist. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” There is this expectation, “People are watching me. I’m supposed to be an example. It’s been six months and I can’t let them see that I’m still grieving.” The expectations that we placed on ourselves or the church culture has placed on us are what makes people not want to share it.

The truth is the one you think is judging you is also crying. Allow yourself to grieve. People put on a facade to show strength. Bible says that even in laughter, there is a sorrow of heart. People can be laughing and inside the heart is aching. Don’t let people’s laughing make you feel like you also have to laugh. “How are you?” “I’m not the best but I will be okay.” That’s fair than saying, “I’m fine,” and pretending you are okay. At the end of the day, you’re going to hurt yourself.

 

 

I remember when I moved here from Virginia, I’m in and I’m out. How have you seen people that have been grieving that change in that process and their destiny coming to life?

I’m going to pick on myself. I was the executive pastor of my former church and then I was on site when I was being let go after seven and a half years. I lost my job so no money coming in. I lost my role as pastor. I was married then.

Did you have any children?

Two.

It’s because of the dynamics and the pressure.

I was needing money to take care of the home. I’m no longer a pastor. I left chemistry for this. “If I don’t have this, then who am I?” It felt like death. It was a death. Even to the point where I didn’t even know if I was still called for ministry. It was painful.

I don’t have the bandwidth to talk about grief outside of my spectrum. You do so bring that conversation.

I go to Calvary Bishop Church and I’m sitting in the back. The word comes and I’m crying. I take notes and sneak out, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I was a pastor before I came. If anybody sees me in that space as a pastor, don’t call me pastor because the pastor is dead. I’ve been let go. I don’t know who I am. I’m in the place of grieving my loss. “Why did you do it? God, why?” I wasn’t upset at God but I’m like, “God, I need money. Am I still called? People are saying things.” I’m all over.

I’m saying that the process was I was running in the word and church. Gradually, a little longer, I was in a fellowship and then it got better. When people go through grieving, I’ve seen them disconnect where I have to go find them. “I’ve not seen you in a while. Where are you?” “I’m a good pastor.” “I’m coming over because I know you’re not.” I roll up. That is my role as pastor.

No people answer all my questions but we’ll going to cry and sit through the process together and the pain. You can see slowly.  People miss out on the power of being distracted at the moment. It’s like you go to a friend’s place who is grieving and he says, “Come on, let’s go to the mall or play football.” The pain is still there but the moment is coming up for air and then back to the grief.

You have a friendly country for not long and football probably means soccer.

Being able to have someone make you laugh about something is like a part of the land with one drop. It didn’t change everything but it was necessary. It is not a pool yet but it is not as dry. With those moments of healing, all of a sudden, they smile and joke about something. I’m like, “They coming out.” A week later, you’re like, “We are not there yet gradually.” Watching that process, eventually, they start smiling. Most people come to say, “I think I’m back and better.” It’s not fully gone but is not as bad as it used to be. You wait for the person to come and tell you that. You don’t put a timeline on people’s healing.

Thank you. I have learned a lot about you. Anything else you want to share with everyone that’s joined us for this conversation to wrap up?

I believe that God loves you. The Bible says that He’s our ever-present help in our time of need. “Call upon me and I will answer.” When you are going through a difficult time and things are painful, Bible says, “We do not have a high priest who doesn’t understand our infirmities. He has taken on our pain and suffering. He knows what it means to be rejected, abandoned, feel physical pain and have the people closest to him leave.” When your high priest is interceding for you, he knows exactly what you’re going through. God got in. He never left. He’s still there. He’s there for you. He loves you.

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Thank you for being here with us, Pastor Moses.

You’re welcome. Thank you for having me.

Thank you for being here for this conversation. Pastor Moses laid it all out. He did not hold anything back from being transparent about his life, dealing with grief, his parents, how that impacted and even dealing with the grief of changing a career, being moved out of a church and how he thought that was going to go. Life will keep life-ing on us but you are not alone. Hopefully, you continue to stay a part of our hood and be here for the journey. Thanks for being here. Have a good day.

 

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About Rev. Dr. Moses Asamoah, Jr.

WRT 27 | GriefRev. Dr. Moses Selorm Asamoah, Jr. is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Living Destiny Church. Originally from Ghana, he and his wife Delali have been married for 17 years and are blessed with three daughters.

Rev. Dr. Moses is a graduate of Regent University, earning a Doctorate of Ministry and a Master of Divinity, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree. He is the President of Selorm Ministries, Int. and the Blackwell Institute of Leadership and Coaching.

He is passionate about the Word of God, Prayer, Leadership Development, and Church Planting. He is the published author of Sweetly Broken: Understanding the Pathway to Your Divine Assignment, Thank God for Goliath: Turning a Death Sentence into a Victory Parade, and three motivational CDs in the African Folktale Series.

Thank you for viewing this post. I am not a licensed therapist or professional life coach.

I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others.

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