By Jerry L. Sittser
An elevated variation of this vintage ebook on grief and loss---with a brand new preface and epilogue Loss got here abruptly for Jerry Sittser. right away, a sad automobile coincidence claimed 3 generations of his relations: his mom, his spouse, and his younger daughter. whereas so much folks won't event one of these catastrophic loss in our lifetime, we all will flavor it. And we will be able to, if we elect, be aware of to boot the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, even if as a result of affliction, divorce, or the lack of anyone we like. The conditions are usually not vital; what we do with these conditions is. In coming to the top of ourselves, we will be able to come to the start of a brand new life---one marked via non secular intensity, pleasure, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of straightforward advantages.
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We feel pain, anguish, sorrow, and despair, and we experience the ugliness, meanness, and absurdity of life. We brood as well as hope, rage as well as surrender, doubt as well as believe. We are apathetic as often as we are hopeful, and sorrowful before we are joyful. We both mourn deeply and live well. We experience the ambivalence of living simultaneously in the night and in the light. The choice to enter the darkness, then, does not lead us along an easy course. The darkness is not dispelled as quickly 50 darkness closes in as it is for frightened children who, scrambling to find the light switch in a pitch-black basement, erase their fears the moment light floods the room.
They chose to love, however hateful the environment in which they lived. In other words, they refused to yield ultimate power to their captors and circumstances. Though the world was horrible to them, they identified with another world—a world inside themselves, over which they had some control. They affirmed that they were more than the product of their circumstances. ” In the end he asserts: “The experiences of camp life show that man does have a choice of action. There were enough examples, often of a heroic nature, which proved that apathy could be overcome, irritability suppressed.
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