A Grief Observed in this Time--An Invitation to Share from Elisabeth Rotchford-Haight

Last night my husband, Kim, and I expressed we are grieving, even though we are doing well and have plenty.  We talked about things we've lost: expectations, hopes, and fears that need God's healing, interpretation, and transforming in us.

In our culture, grieving is best done in community.  We have funerals and memorials; why not a place where we can safely share our griefs without anyone telling us how to do it, but to be heard?  When we can share our uncomfortable feelings with people we trust, the grief can often bring us into new life and vistas. 

We invite you to read the following questions and share your reflections with us.
  1. What do I miss?
  2. Is there something I need/want to give up?
  3. Am I noticing feelings of anger, hopelessness, depression?
  4. What is helping me right now as I walk through this time?
Please send your responses in the form of written reflections, artwork, photographs, or music, to Kim Cockroft with the subject line “Observed,” and indicate whether we have your permission to share it (with your name or anonymously) on this blog.

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38–39).