Sorrow Comes In Great Waves…

Sorrow comes in great waves…but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain. Henry James

Meditation: Sometimes our work life creates sorrow for us. At other times it is our love life or our marriage. And then it might be one of our kids who is in need and who preoccupies our mind. Whatever it might be, sometimes life’s sorrows feel like great waves washing over us. It feels like we can hardly breathe. We feel nearly smothered by the stormy waters. At times we feel afraid that these waves of sorrow will swallow us. It is very helpful to think that the wave of sorrow will subside, it will leave us. The thought that this pain, this questioning, this confusion, too, will pass, and we will remain stronger than before, is a comforting image. If we believe that God’s Spirit is given to us and lives in and through us, then we have several virtues available to us, namely humility, gentleness, patience and peace. And God invites us to first use those for ourselves in these stormy times, and then also extend those to others.

Prayer: God of sorrow, God of hope, thank You that this wave of grief, this wave of struggle, this wave of sorrow, too, shall pass. Thank You that I will come through on the other side stronger than before, even though I feel weaker right now struggling with the waves coming at me. Thank You that Your Spirit is encouraging me when I feel like giving up. Fill my heart with compassion and with peace that surpasses my understanding. Amen

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3