Walking With Grief

Today I share these words for those who walk with grief from the Northumbria Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer.  They are gentle and wise, and perhaps will speak to your heart, as they have to mine.  Just this morning, a friend’s mother died.  Another lost his mother earlier in this past week.  It seems many friends and colleagues are struggling with loss of parents and suffering and mortality from all sides.  In addition, the local and international news is ever full of faces and names of those who have died or who are left.  A year ago this coming Tuesday was the memorial service for my own beloved Dad – John Elwood Cahoon. 

I offer these well-crafted words for all who find themselves in bereavement’s fog and pain.  Be with the phrases slowly, and pass them along to whomever may need them.  May the words be a soothing wave on an uncertain shore.  Blessings!

Do not hurry
as you walk with grief;
it does not help the journey.

Walk slowly,
pausing often:
do not hurry
as you walk with grief.

Be not disturbed
by memories that come unbidden.
Swiftly forgive:
and let Christ speak for you
unspoken words.
Unfinished conversations
will be resolved in Him.
Be not disturbed.

Be gentle with the one
who walks with grief.
If it is you,
be gentle with yourself.
Swiftly forgive;
walk slowly,
pausing often.

Take time, be gentle
as you walk with grief.

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