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Meditations for the Grieving

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It is impossible to comprehend the anguish and sorrow of loss until death comes to someone you love. With the death of a loved one, a part of yourself has died, too. In Margaret Craven's novel, I Heard the Owl Call My Name, a young priest named Mark Brian learns from the Native Americans of the Northwest that when a person is about to die, the owl calls their name. The owl has called the name of my parents, stepmother, sister, niece, cousins, and many friends. The owl has called the name of many of your loved ones, too. Or perhaps this is the first time. We never truly know when death may come.

During more than fifty years of pastoral ministry, I have been with many families who grieve. I am deeply indebted to those who shared their broken hearts with me. They have touched my life with grace and truth. As I entered into their struggles of faith, I heard unforgettable stories of how they dealt with loss and found new beginnings. Every ending has a beginning. Their stories inspired me to write these meditations for others who mourn.

These meditations of Scripture, poetry, personal and other devotional thoughts were written to help you as you work through your own grief. I hope and pray that whenever death enters your life, robs you of loved ones, and launches you into uncharted waters of the grief journey, these meditations will offer spiritual help.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

In some of his final words to Timothy, the apostle Paul talks about his death, that the time had come for his departure. The word departure is a nautical term; it suggests a ship that has been marooned on the shore, but the rope is now flung off, the anchor lifted, and the ship moving out of harbor into the wide and boundless sea. Here we are anchored to the hardships andheartaches of life. In the death the gangway is raised, the anchor is weighed, and we set sail for the glorious shore.

Paul sees death as moment of new adventure, not as a time for sadness or defeat. It is not like an old half-ruined wreck of a ship limping to port; rather is a ship which has cast off the ropes which bind us to this world to sail unknown waters to a new home. It is scary to think that as a ship leaves the port into the deep and cannot envision the future harbor, so death takes us from a life we know to an unknown destination. Yet, it is only on the sea that the ship can fulfill the purpose for which it was made. It is only through the deep waters of death that we find our true home with God.

SUNSET and Evening Star,
and one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark.
For 'tho from our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far. I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar.
Alfred Lord Tennyson


ISBN: 0836193202
Cod produs: 5393
195 x 265 x 7 mm
Legare: sc
Număr pagini: 80
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