|Grief & Hope|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 11 February 2009 11:16|
Amy Welborn has a truly wonderful post up about preparing for her husband Michael's funeral and the strange contrast between the Presence and supernatural consolation that she has felt - at times - in the past week and what other people expect her to feel.
This is not BS. It is not just what people who work for the Church are supposed to say. It was truly the focus of Michael’s life and as I pondered this, it occurred to me that during all the years that we knew each other and all the conversations and arguments we would have about these kinds of things, I was being prepared for this moment. There is a lot more to this than I’ll say here, but just understand that in letting all of this surge through me as I listened to the Gospel, tears surged up from deep within and I was startled to consider those tears and realize that for the first time in five days, there was no sadness or grief in them. It was not joy - it was gratitude. the grief would return soon afterward, but at that moment, I felt nothing but gratitude. And a firm belief of the reality of the Way, the Truth and the Life. Now, with Christ, as we hope and pray, Michael is embraced, fully known, and fully loved. What we all seek in our wanderings.
Read the whole thing. It is what lived Christian hope in the face of death looks like.
It is not that we are not supposed to grieve. We are not supposed to grieve as one who has no hope.
The completely mysterious and unlooked for kind of hope that is the fruit of years of walking with Christ.
Paul Tournier, a well known Christian physician, said something similar when his beloved wife of many years died.
" I can honestly say that I have a great grief and that I am a happy man."