by Amy Butler, from Baptist News Global
I’ve become convinced that grief is like a super high maintenance boyfriend.
Like the boyfriend that needs to know where you are all the time, grief is always there in some expression — no matter how many times you push it away.
Grief becomes a lens through which you begin to see the world; everything — good or bad — cannot be experienced without paying some attention to that grief filter.
And grief demands considerable emotional energy … all the time.
See? High maintenance boyfriend.
Grief is simultaneously a raw, hurt-filled terrain of the heart, and, as the calendar pages flip, its occasional infliction of breath-sucking pain becomes the only tangible connection you have to the one you’ve lost. This is neither good nor bad, as my spiritual director would say. It just is. … read more