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Support in Our Grief

Today’s Reflection

GRIEF IS such a messy thing. It fills us with many ideas and images, memories and fantasies, celebration and bitter regret all at once – all superimposed upon one another. No wonder it wears us out. …

However isolated we may feel in other areas of our lives, in our grief we are not isolated at all; we have with us not only the presence of God but the whole human race solidly with us, supporting us even when we do not allow ourselves to feel it.

– Roberta C. Bondi
Wild Things

From pages 19-20 of Wild Things: Poems of Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude by Roberta C. Bondi. Copyright © 2014 by Roberta C. Bondi. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where do you find comfort when you are grieving? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone who is experiencing a new beginning. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Boniface (June 13).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie June 15, 2017, 7:33 am

    This reflection says it was posted 6/14 – today is 6/15 but I did nt receive a reflection yesterday so I am not sure which day this is for.
    Anyway, when I grireve I find comfort in knowing my loved one is with God, no longer in pain and that we will be reunited upon my own death.
    Blessingss to all those friends in our small UR community

  • Connie June 15, 2017, 8:46 am

    I find comfort in happy memories and knowing that my loved ones loved me and knew that I loved them.
    I find support in the scriptures, knowing God is right beside me, family, friends and HERE.
    I also agree with Julie’s comments. (The chain will be unbroken by and by, and we will meet them at their and our best.)

  • Carol June 15, 2017, 9:27 am

    I’ve been going through different stages of loss bringing grief. Nothing has comforted me except to know The Lord is in and with me. Also He has always been there for me so I know He will undoubtedly bring me through

  • robert moeller June 16, 2017, 5:23 am

    I agree with Julie, Connie, and Carol. I found comfort turning TO and not AWAY from God when I grieved. Knowing my loved one was with the Lord was a great blessing.

    Prayers for those experiencing a new beginning, we are all in this state as each new day comes, but there are many for whom it is more of a life change, growth, a learning experience, a turning point.

    Today is the 16th but yesterday’s post, to which I sent no reply, thankfully came up.

    Blessings to the UR family, a great source of comfort where God’s love is shared.

  • Jan June 17, 2017, 1:03 pm

    My grief story is complex and hugely challenging.
    My sweet mother went to heaven just short of her 92nd birthday. Because she generously shared her profound love and faith, memories of having fun with her are frequent and deeply comforting.

    Four months after mom’s meath, my 30 year old daughter died unexpectedly. From the moment she was born, I could not stop thanking God for entrusting her with me. It was an absolute joy to be her mother through every developmental stage, so it’s no wonder we were best friends in adulthood. Of course she had many friends her age, all of whom I know well, many since elementary school age. Ours was by far the most modest of homes but for some reason, a favorite place for slumber parties and regular adventures like hiking, swimming and age appropriate kayaking.

    Before my daughter died, I had already planned to move from TN, at least for an extended stay, to be with a beloved Aunt in FL, mom’s sister, the last living from a close family. With no children, she and her husband were obvious favorites among sibs & cousins. Her dementia was worsening. My heart said, “Go!”.

    So, I’m stumbling along my journey one step at a time. Keeping in touch with my daughter’s friends, hearing about their own children, the joys and sorrows of life continue to help me feel connected to motherhood, the part of my life I cherished most. I still cannot look at most pictures and go through stages when my tears could flood the cracked earth of a desert. I know that’s normal. I also know that others mean well but often say the most unhelpful words so it’s easy to isolate. At this point, I’m beginning to reach out and reinvent my life.

    Despite a pain impossible to fully describe that easily leaves one feeling numb, stuck and at times hopeless, the truth is that my spiritual and personal growth in a short time far surpasses all the years before.

    For anyone grieving, I hold the deepest compassion for your courage and also the greatest of hope.

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