Absorbing Grief

Friday, October 21, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Romans 12:15 A challenging perspective

On a level of inconvenient, Covid came calling. Earlier this fall the virus penetrated my defenses. A Godzilla-headache thumped my skull. Fever rolled, freezing then burning within my arms and legs. White blood cells battled the virus. I tracked each hour until I could reload acetaminophen.

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Sickness helps me remember my mortality. My flesh and blood will not live forever. Sickness or injury will end my life. Thankfully, it was not this virus, this time around.

To my knowledge I have no current life threatening illness; and, I have never been dramatically injured. Today and hopefully tomorrow, no one will fire missiles at my house. This morning I sit comfortably at my writing desk, aware that not everyone is having such a peaceful moment.

Yet, there was and continues to be a benefit within my Covid collision. “I have learned that our pain softens the shell that insulates us from the suffering of others. Our grief allows us to absorb their grief, making us a part of the collective suffering of the world, a suffering known and borne by God himself. In this deepest and most profound connection with others, I have found joy.” Emma Meier

Life Application Question: Given your own experiences with pain and suffering, what spiritual impact do you recall after recovery?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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