Judah Smith’s Devastating Loss Taught Him This One Thing

"I realized that I was not ok." Following the devastating loss of his father, Judah Smith struggled to heal. But by inviting his community to share in his pain and vulnerability, he found the support and healing he desperately needed.

Judah Smith’s Devastating Loss Taught Him This One Thing

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"I realized that I was not ok." Following the devastating loss of his father, Judah Smith struggled to heal. But by inviting his community to share in his pain and vulnerability, he found the support and healing he desperately needed.


Leaders often feel pressure to be strong for those they lead. In this video, Judah Smith, the pastor of Churchome, formerly known as City Church, opens up about the death of his father and the pressure he felt to be strong for others in the aftermath.

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Judah recalls how heartbreaking it was to watch his longtime hero suffer. “By the end, his body was definitely becoming emaciated. It became painful and difficult to see your hero lose enormous amounts of weight, his height, his strength and energy.”

Following his father’s passing, Judah believed he needed to jump headfirst into pastoring the church his dad left behind. However, he didn’t realize that he wasn’t yet ready for such a large task. “I was doing my best to articulate the story of God’s love, but I myself was no longer benefiting from it in terms of allowing that great story and the love of God to heal me.”

Sometimes our friends can lovingly illuminate hard truths that we aren’t yet able to see for ourselves.

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Judah’s friends helped him realize the importance of taking time to grieve and heal. One particular conversation changed everything for him. “We were sitting with the key leaders in our community and they said ‘how you doing?’ I don’t know if I had really considered that. I think I was just doing my best to lead the community that my dad had left behind and trying to be strong for my mom. And I realized that I was NOT okay.”

Check out this video to discover God’s path of healing for Judah and his church.

 


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