Grief and Loss Part Three
When someone or something deeply precious is
wrested from us, it leaves a deep wound. The very word
‘bereaved’ derives from the Dutch berauben - to rob or to
plunder. We urgently need to let Christ’s love fill the hole.
If we turn inwards in the wrong way, the
ensuing isolation leads to a hardening of the heart which
effectively hinders the re-energising vitality of God. We need
to allow ourselves appropriate time and space in which to
grieve. In her excellent book ‘To live again’ (a book
that is well worth tracking down) Catherine Marshall records
how, when she lost her famous preacher husband, she made the
conscious decision – much against her natural temperament – to
allow other people to come close and walk the journey with her.
Where love is, God is. Nothing means more to those who are
grieving, and the presence of prayers and presence of loved ones
to love us back to strength.
This brief extract is accompanied by a
particularly moving piece of music written by a local composer
and violinist, Michael Burnham.