HUG Corner: Thought for the Week

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Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)

"Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee."
- Job 12:8

In the spring, when all the world awakens, sometimes our loss seems most unbearable. New life is evident everywhere - a great stirring in the earth after the long, bleak winter. And we? The same dull fact of death lies heavy on our hearts, made even heavier by contrast with the beauty all around us - the first crocus, the daffodils, the fingered glory of redbud trees. Winter is more akin to our mood than this!

But is it? Can we try, even a little bit, to believe in spring? To believe in its witness to the economy of creation - that nothing is lost, nothing is wasted? And that our loved one, too, is transformed into new life? If we can believe that, then the abundance we see around us can give us courage and hope, as well as a nourishing feast for our senses, here and now.

May each glimpse of the returning flowers in spring be like a conversation with my loved one.  


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