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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Grief in the Kingdom

 Over the past three weeks, I worked on the preparations for a memorial service. And something that I noticed was how deeply I was affected by that process. As a chaplain, I met with a diverse group of people in order to work out the details of the service. I was struck by how each person dealt with their grief. I was not close to the deceased, but I felt the intensity of all the emotions. I held a grieving space for all who were affected by this patient's death. I felt their pain, their loss, their darkness. The experience brought Romans 12:15 into stark reality. "Weep with those who weep." I think this is what it is like to have the mind of Christ and to be united with humanity in pain and suffering. As I suffered with this community of people, I participated in the Kingdom of God. I offered a sacred space of peace, comfort, and hope in the midst of tears. Definitely a God moment.

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