By Jerry L. Sittser
An accelerated version of this vintage ebook on grief and loss---with a brand new preface and epilogue Loss got here without notice for Jerry Sittser. immediately, a sad vehicle coincidence claimed 3 generations of his family members: his mom, his spouse, and his younger daughter. whereas such a lot people won't event the sort of catastrophic loss in our lifetime, we all will flavor it. And we will be able to, if we elect, understand to boot the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, even if because of ailment, divorce, or the lack of a person we like. The conditions aren't very important; 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 by means of non secular intensity, pleasure, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of easy advantages.
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Catherine and David talked about the accident too, and they surprised everyone by how thoroughly they remembered even little details. I also suffered from acute depression, which, on top of the frustration, bewilderment, and exhaustion, became an unwelcome and obtrusive companion of mine for many months. My world was as fragile as the lives of the loved ones whom I had lost. That sense of darkness so preoccupied me that I found myself unable to concentrate on mundane responsibilities. I became a robot programmed to perform certain functions that I was able to do quite well because of habits developed over many years.
The sorrow I feel has not disappeared, but it has been integrated into my life as a painful part of a healthy whole. Initially, my loss was so overwhelming to me that it was the dominant emotion— sometimes the only emotion—I had. I felt like I was staring at the stump of a huge tree that had just been cut down in my backyard. That stump, which sat all alone, kept reminding me of the beloved tree that I had lost. I could think of nothing but that tree. Every time I looked out the window, all I could see was that stump.
If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. ”4 It was this power to choose that kept the prisoners alive, Frankl noted. They directed their energies inwardly and paid attention to what was happening in their souls. They learned that tragedy can increase the soul’s capacity for darkness and light, for pleasure as well as for pain, for hope as well as for dejection. The soul contains a capacity to know and love God, to become virtuous, to learn truth, and to live by moral conviction.
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser