Priests and Pastors Are Often Called to Counsel and Console Grieving Families. for Thomas Vander Woude, That Hit a Little Close to Home.

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Ask your priests and pastors: they’ve all had that moment where they counsel and console, sitting in heartbreak, with a family. Sometimes they don’t know what to say. For Thomas Vander Woude, that moment came with a call from the local hospital, asking for counseling for a family that had just lost a father. That family was his own, and Thomas arrived to see his own grieving family, to anoint his injured younger brother, whom his father had died to save. See the entire family reflect on this awesome story of family, grief, blessing and faith in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.