“The Loss of a Loved One”…

I think loss of loved ones is the hardest blow in life. Marlo Thomas

Meditation: The experience after losing a loved one can feel like a long illness. It is a journey that leads us so deep into our own soul that we feel as if settling on the bottom of the ocean. We become emotionally unavailable to those around us. In the dark we are being guided back through memories of joy, wounding, longing and missed or shared connection. It can take years to recover. And yet, one day the fever of grief will break and healing will set in. The relationship, all that it was and all that it has not been able to be, is being blessed and we let go. Reemerging from the bottom of the sea, fresh air enters our lungs. Light can be tolerated once again and the surroundings become real in a new way. As if being called out of the tomb, life can begin anew.

Prayer: God of both – darkness and light, You are with us when we sink to the bottom of grief. You know the dark night of our soul. You have shared it with us when You lost Your own son. You hold us close while also holding us down, until we dare to confront the pain we do not want to face. You hold us until we allow for those joyful memories and the deep longing we want to avoid. You walk with us every step on our long grief journey, even when we feel feverish and alone. And then You pull us up and out. The fever of grief has run its course. You bring us back to life. We can breathe again. We are alive again. And we are grateful. Amen

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18