“We are given each other in trust. I think people are much too wonderful to be alive briefly and gone.” —Marilynne Robinson.
When I talk with spiritual friends who have experienced the death of a loved one, I remind them that the God of my understanding does not give us an amazingly loving relationship with someone else and then abruptly take it away. Death is not a period at the end of a sentence but more like a comma. The relationship still goes on.
Our loved ones continue in relationship with us, but in a way that we don’t yet understand. We can sometimes feel their presence. We often intuit the reality of their prayers. Frederick Buechner has written in his book, A Crazy, Holy Grace (Zondervan, 2017), about doing active imagination with those we still love who have died. We can converse with them in the silence of our mind; but often we merely feel their presence, supporting and loving us just as they did when they were alive.
I also remind friends that those we love are now with us at all times—beside us—again, in some form we do not understand. When they were alive, we were present with them only when we saw them physically. They are now always with us in a closer relationship than we can explain.
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A Spiritual Rx for Advent Christmas, and Epiphany
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