Archives For Grief

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I never expected what losing my dad would do to me. Some days, I don’t want to pull the covers off. Some days, I don’t want to talk to anyone. Some days, I simply want to watch television, scrolling through Netflix until I find a story that takes me to another world.

This isn’t the first time I’ve felt this weight, but it’s definitely the most poignant. Don’t think you have to lose a loved one for depression to be justified. Grief comes in many sizes; some big, some small enough to fit into a mailbox. Seasons like these make worshiping God feel undesirable, even complex. Yet, for all our preconceived ideas of what worshiping God is, I was reminded of a line written by my friend Alan: “Some days, rising out of bed is a great act of worship.” Honoring God can be as meager and rural as lifting our head off the pillow in the morning. Continue Reading…

My Grief, Observed

Wade —  January 10, 2015

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As I write this, it’s been a month, to the day—nearly minute—that my father passed away. Last night, I dreamed about the evening he died. I think that makes two times in the last week. It wasn’t an oddly exaggerated dream like so many dreams are. It was actually fairly close to what happened that night. Continue Reading…

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Hearing about the death of a celebrity is an odd, sometimes crippling feeling. Sure, we might not know them, but we know them. In the case of Robin Williams, they might even be a large part of our life. Continue Reading…

 

Sad Teenage Girl

It’s that time of year when students from all around the country are competing in their district’s Fine Arts Festival. Over the past few months, these teenagers have spilled blood, sweat, and tears to compile dramas, songs, monologues, and sermons in hopes of achieving the ultimate prize—a chance to travel to Orlando, Florida for this year’s national competition. For many, their hard work, forged in the dim-light of church sanctuaries, fellowship halls, and even undersized classrooms, has finally paid off.

But what about those students who didn’t advance to Nationals? Continue Reading…