Grief and Scripture: “The entrance of Thy words giveth light” (Psalm 118:130 LXX)

In grief, we are sometimes at a complete loss for words to describe the pain we feel and the emptiness we experience. And yet, putting words on our experience enables us get a handle on it, so that we are not subject to it, but it becomes subject to us. Unfortunately, we sometimes do not have the energy or the clarity to find the words we need to bring some order to our disorder and some peace to our unrest. This is where “remedies derived from Scripture” (John Chrysostom, Commentary on Ephesians 21, PG 62.152) can be of great use, taking us on a journey through our own anguish and leading us … [Read more...]