This week in the GPS guide we will “unpack” the part of the Apostle’s Creed that refers to “the resurrection of the body, the life everlasting.” For those of us who have loved ones who have left our sight and gone on to that life everlasting (and isn’t that just about everyone?), the reading and study this week should bring comfort, as well as hope for our own eternal future.
We all know that grief is not a linear process, and doesn’t follow any particular plan or map. We know that death cannot separate us or our loved ones from the love of God, but it is still not easy to reach for the phone to call someone who can’t be at the other end, or long to see a beloved face one more time.
There are two lovely pieces from Celtic Daily Prayer (©2002 The Northumbria Community Trust, Ltd.) that speak to God’s love for us in times of grief, and our eternal connection to the ones we love. I’ve found comfort in them many times, and hope you do, too.
WALKING WITH GRIEF
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 conversation 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.
And this prayer:
live in us.
Let us stay in You,
since if we be all in You,
we cannot be far from one another,
though some may be in heaven
and some upon earth.
Jennifer Creagar – Prayer Ministry