Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Samuel 1:1-27
David had suddenly lost not only his best friend, but also a father figure with whom he had had a distressing relationship. Complex grief such as this took David, and so often takes us (has taken me) into places of overwhelming desolation, loneliness, and ‘fragmentation’. How can one human spirit accommodate the layers of grief, fear and even rage that arise, particularly in the events of suicide, murder, accident, or any complex, untimely, violent or sudden death? Only the Holy Spirit of God can embrace all the facts, all the feelings and all the fragments of [my] shattered heart and soul, and begin to piece them together again within [me]. Lord God, in your wisdom and under-standing be my sure foundation and guide me through my times of grieving.
In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. (Psalm 57: 1)
Pray, hope and don’t worry.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
Soli gloriam dei .
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.