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

WRT 27 | Grief

  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.   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.    Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country — Watch the episode here   Listen to the podcast here   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.     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 …

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