The theme is Joy, the meditation for today is, “Embracing Joy,” and the focus of our attention is on the painting, By Moonlight, 1994, by Margaret Neve.
“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion reflects in startling honesty. In Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, the author processes the grief of losing his 18-year-old son in gradients of deep veracity. He reflects that sometimes sadness is “a cloud that comes along and covers me up.” It is… Continue reading Grief and Sharing Loss
Recently, I came across a book by Finnish author, Johanna Sinisalo, The Core of the Sun. The story is a present-day dystopian feminist-ish social critique, and it is not for the prim or easily embarrassed. But, she writes a beautiful, penetrating description of grief, at once metaphor and exact. And, while grief is not the… Continue reading Time and Metaphor for Grief
In this third week of Advent we are reminded of the joy that comes with understanding the significance of Jesus’ birth. It is with a fair bit of disorientation, however, that I approach this meditation as the week has issued circumstances that are far from joyful: An Aunt who is close to death; a beautiful,… Continue reading Joy and Affliction