Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – The Gift of Grief

Occasionally, weep deeply over the life that you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Feel the pain. Then wash your face, trust God, and embrace the life that he’s given you.

John Piper

I’ve shared these words here before, and when I came across them this morning they resonated again. They also paired with two emails that came in while I slept.

Life is difficult. Years ago, M. Scott Peck put what I knew experientially to be true, into three simple words that changed the way I viewed life. Until then, I thought I was the only one. Through his book,The Road Less Traveled,  he showed me that it’s hard for all of us, and that we choose how we walk despite it.

It hurts—bad, sometimes—and yet, even feeling the pain is a gift. Ask my daughter about that. She’s been experiencing real life—feeling the feels instead of numbing them through addictive behaviours—for a while now. I guarantee she’ll tell you that feeling the pain is the better way.

So  this morning, I wash my face and trust my Creator. I pray. I put my faith in Love.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Max Ehrmann


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
1 comment
  1. Thank you for sharing this quote today, Linda. It’s something I needed to hear. Lifting your daughter up!

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