The Joy of Grief
The greatest joy of grief is that we do not grieve alone. The Holy Spirit is always with us.
Possibly my favorite author of all time is C.S. Lewis. Most people who know him are familiar with his Chronicles of Narnia series. To be honest, those are my least favorite of his works. That is not speaking less of Narnia, but speaking more highly of all his other works. 👏👏
Lewis has a wonderful book that is helping my family deal with the recent loss of my mother: A Grief Observed. In this masterpiece, Lewis does not try to hide his difficulty in dealing with grief, loss, and pain. I found myself smiling and agreeing with all of his pain-filled ideas and musings. Below are a few quotes that still stand out and a link to a free audiobook version.
I would highly recommend this for the following people: 🧐🧐🧐
- If you have recently experienced the loss of a family member. 😭
- If you have a friend who has recently experienced the loss of a family member and you would like to understand what they are experiencing. 😭
- If you want to understand how to process pain in general. God is not afraid of your questions. Instead of walking away, run toward His presence. 😩🙏
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
“The death of a beloved is an amputation.”
“Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.”
“I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether they'll 'say something about it' or not. I hate if they do, and if they don't.”
“Aren't all these notes the senseless writings of a man who won't accept the fact that there is nothing we can do with suffering except to suffer it?”
“I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.”