Write what you see. So a friend said.She got the advice from Eugene Peterson, the author of the Bible translation called The Message, who understood it as his call to write.Eugene Peterson got the advice from John, the Beloved Disciple, the author of the Revelation. John was worshiping the Lord and praying in the Spirit one day, exiled on the island of Patmos, when he heard a loud voice – presumably the voice of God - saying “write on scroll what you see…” (Rev 1:11)So the advice comes down from a good Source, and I hear it speaking to me...moreNo comments
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During the first days of grief, it was clear to me that God wanted to comfort me through the kindness of others. His ministry of strength came through the words and loving actions of so many. It came through the onslaught of cards and emails expressing sympathy. It came through the many shared stories of loved ones long gone. It came through charitable hugs and embraces that developed into deeper conversations. It came through shared tears. Suddenly, a door had been open to speak a common, but more profound, language together. I discovered a new fellowship, opened only by the...moreNo comments
In the days that followed my dad’s death, I found it curious as to when tears came and when they did not. In the mix of family and friends, community supported me, and I was buoyed by their strength and love. Tears usually came when I was alone, and especially when I was tired. They were a release. Strangely I found the tears peaceful. Right and good and pure. I liked that quiet place where I could enter those feelings of sadness and loss, but also joy and fullness. They came at funny times - washing the dishes, riding in...moreNo comments
Normally I would start a new series of blogs that coincided with the New Year with a positive encouraging message, and I believe I do, here… now. It just happens that my New Year’s message is about grief. Normally I wouldn’t write about grief at all, because I am so unfamiliar with it in terms of death and the loss of a loved one. But now that I have walked through a first round of holidays in a new way, in a grief of sorts, I wanted to share it. I feel certain that it is a pertinent topic for...moreNo comments
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