Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Grief is a sneaky emotion. It stealthily influences so many aspects of our lives and is so much more than sadness over losing a soul dear to us. We don't recognize the sadness as grief a lot of the time. Instead, we second guess our decisions, we doubt our capabilities, we're emotionally fragile, our appetites are skewed. Prayer -- that all encompassing letting go and listening -- clears the air. Jesus takes the blanket of our sadness and wraps himself in it. By His hogging the covers, we begin to see light. The light of life. Christ's light of life. We might still be sad, but we're not alone. Our burdens are lighter when Jesus is sharing them. When we begin to bask in the warmth of the light of life, our souls begin to enliven and slowly become capable of experiencing the joy within again.