HUG Corner: Thought for Week - 2/6
Wilbur’s heart brimmed with happiness…”Welcome to the barn cellar. You have chosen a hallowed doorway from which to string your webs. I think it is only fair to tell you that I was devoted to your mother…I shall always treasure her memory. To you, her daughters, I pledge my friendship, forever and ever”.
“I pledge mine”, said Joy.
“I do too”, said Aranea.
“And so do I”, said Nellie…
It was a happy day for Wilbur. And many happier, tranquil days followed.
In this beloved children’s story, Charlotte’s Web, we see one of the secrets of healing from grief—the passing on of one’s love for the departed to others who come after. In this case it’s to Charlotte’s daughters that Wilbur’s love flows; it could be anyone in need.
How well we know the world brims with people who need attention, care and love! If we have been blessed with a good relationship, now distanced by death, it is an honorable and praiseworthy legacy of that relationship to pass our love on. We never stop loving the one who is gone, and we will help our own healing and enhance the lives of others if, in some way, we open our arms to someone in need.
I know I have love to share. I will be on the lookout.
Slowly, and with some ambivalence, I will begin to experience the new in my life.
Spirituality in its broadest sense is, quite simply, a way of life that reveals an awareness of the sacred and a relationship with the Holy One in the midst of our human frailty, brokenness and limitations.
--Edward C. Sellner
To be faced with the loss of a loved one is to be engaged—or reengaged more intensely—with the experience of the spiritual. Questions of our loved one’s survival, of our own relationship to the spiritual world, of our possible communion with the dead now or after our own death—all come to us with new urgency. Surely if we can summon an awareness of the Holy One as a loving, caring reality, we shall be miles ahead! We can bear the uncertainty of answers to our questions if we feel that the One who is in charge cares for us all, grieves with us when we are sad, and wills our good. This has been the yearning, and the confidence, of believers through the ages. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” said the apostle Paul in the Letter to the Hebrews. These things are no less real for being “not seen.”
--In the midst of my brokenness, O Holy One, may I be made newly aware of you.
"We are real friends now because we have been able to share some painful experiences in our private lives..."