By Jerry L. Sittser
An multiplied version of this vintage publication on grief and loss---with a brand new preface and epilogue Loss got here by surprise for Jerry Sittser. immediately, a sad motor vehicle coincidence claimed 3 generations of his relatives: his mom, his spouse, and his younger daughter. whereas such a lot folks won't event one of these catastrophic loss in our lifetime, we all will style it. And we will, if we elect, be aware of besides the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, no matter if as a result of disease, divorce, or the lack of somebody we adore. The situations aren't vital; what we do with these conditions is. In coming to the tip of ourselves, we will come to the start of a brand new life---one marked via non secular intensity, pleasure, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of easy advantages.
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In the valley of suffering, despair and bitterness are brewed. But there also character is made. 5 It is therefore not true that we become less through loss— unless we allow the loss to make us less, grinding our soul down until there is nothing left but an external self entirely under the control of circumstances. Loss can also make us more. In the darkness we can still find the light. In death we can also find life. It depends on the choices we make. Though these choices are difficult and rarely made in haste or with ease, we can nevertheless make them.
In death we can also find life. It depends on the choices we make. Though these choices are difficult and rarely made in haste or with ease, we can nevertheless make them. Only when we choose to pay attention to our souls will we learn how much more there is to life than the external world around us, however wonderful or horrible that world is. We will discover the world within. Yet such attention to the soul does not have to engender self-absorption. If anything, it eventually turns us toward the world again and makes us more compassionate and just than we might otherwise have been.
However threatening, we must face it, and we must face it alone. Darkness descended on me shortly after the accident. I spent the first seventy-two hours caring for John, my twoyear-old son, who was screaming from the pain of a broken femur and fighting the confinement of traction. I was inundated with telephone calls and visitors. Every voice and face called forth more tears and demanded the retelling of the story. I had to plan memorial services. I also had to care for my two older children, who were terrified and confused by the accident, having been pushed, as it were, out of their cozy home into a blizzard of pain.
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser