Words of Encouragement
from Rhonda Abrams, Bereavement Coordinator
During this unfortunate pandemic, the things that people miss the most are the close and personal physical interactions with other people. There are few things more comforting (on this Earth) than the intimacy of a loving embrace. A brief hug from a close friend, caregiver, or a church member can bring new life to a lonely aching heart. This pandemic painfully calls us away from the intimacy we so desperately desire.
The same is true for those who are grieving. We yearn for the warm loving touch of our departed loved ones, the sound of their voice, and even their reminiscent aroma. There is no substitute for this closeness, and so we are left longing.
When you are deep in your grief, “the world” is painfully stripped away. Nothing makes sense or feels the same. The world carries on without you, leaving you in a disoriented, isolated space. But, oddly enough, that same stripped away world allows you to find a greater sense of God’s presence. God draws closer to you and the veil between the spiritual and the earthly worlds becomes thin and more open to you. The Divine becomes more accessible because you find yourself involuntarily freed of worldly cares. In these desolate places and in your weakened state, if you allow it, God becomes your only strength. A peaceful respite.
When you go to Him, God is able to more fully attend to your brokenness with His grace and gentle touch. He comes and sits with you in your sorrow, and embraces you until you are able to shed some of it and feel the warmth of His embrace, His love. God’s love is everywhere and in everything. We need only open our (spiritual) eyes and become aware of His loving presence all around us every day.
In the articles in this bulletin, it is my hope that you will find encouragement and a path that leads you to a greater experience of God’s loving embrace. As our Lenten season approaches, plan now to make time to sit with God. Seek Him with all your heart. Invite Him into your days and nights. Talk to Him about your loved one, your brokenness, and thank Him for the love that you shared and will always have between you.