[repost from December 21, 2014]
All is not calm and bright, is it? This time of year is more often chaotic and dark as we scurry around with our never-ending Christmas to-do lists, flitting from one festivity to another. And for many of my close friends, this Advent season brings unimaginable grief. I feel it with you. And so I jumped at the opportunity to join in a “Letters to Grief” event hosted by Kate Motaung coinciding with the launch of her book by the same name. This letter – it’s for you, my friends grieving loss this season. Whether that loss is of a parent or a child or a pregnancy or a job or a clean bill of health or a dream or a marriage – the loss of hope and community too often follows in its wake. Let this be a small reminder that no, you are not alone, and yes, it feels excruciating. Cry, and sorrow, for we are not Home yet. But grieve with hope, for Home is being prepared for all those clinging to the hope of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.
You have claimed many friends in 2014, and I have been touched by you as well. The worst part is that the church has too often refused to own you as she should. She has proclaimed a gospel of health and wealth instead of the message of the Man of Sorrows acquainted with grief who promised suffering for all who take up their cross to follow Him. And in those moments when the people of God feel like they have no refuge, you cackle and seem to win. You whisper lies, saying that there is no hope, and that God is as distant as the well-meaning friends who disappear after an initial rally of support. …
[read the rest over at Kate Motaung’s site where I am featured today as part of her book launch, Letters to Grief, which will be one of my first reads in 2015]
4 thoughts on “Letter to Grief (reposted) and a book to purchase”
So glad your letter got chosen Heather! Congratulations! So much truth here, especially that we can be comforted by the fact that Jesus is a man acquainted with sorrows and grief and this gives us hope for the future. Amen.
(From Sara at Poets and Saints)
Thank you, Sara! It is such an honor. Your comments mean the world to me, as a gifted and poetic writer yourself who knows grief all too well.
Congratulations! Your words brought back sorrowful memories of this year, but close with true HOPE. “You will not own us, though you may visit us more frequently than we would choose.” And we can “meet sorrow without despair.” Thank you for that encouragement!
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