A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser

By Jerry L. Sittser

An accelerated version of this vintage booklet on grief and loss---with a brand new preface and epilogue Loss got here unexpectedly for Jerry Sittser. straight away, a sad motor vehicle twist of fate claimed 3 generations of his kinfolk: 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 style it. And we will, if we decide, comprehend besides the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, no matter if because of disorder, divorce, or the lack of a person we like. The conditions should not vital; what we do with these situations is. In coming to the tip of ourselves, we will be able to come to the start of a brand new life---one marked by means of religious intensity, pleasure, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of easy benefits.

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They feel such desperation and disorientation in the face of this obliteration of order that they go berserk on binges. They saturate their senses with anything that will satisfy them in the moment because they cannot bear to think about the long-term consequences of loss. So they watch television every moment they can, work sixty hours a week, drink too much alcohol, go on a sexual rampage, eat constantly, or spend their money carelessly. In so doing, they hold suffering at a distance. I resisted the pain, finally, by venting anger.

We lose the security of home but gain the independence of being on our own. We lose the freedom of singleness but gain the intimacy of marriage. We lose a daughter but gain a son-in-law. Life is a constant succession of losses and gains. There is continuity and even security in this process. We remember the losses that lie behind us, and we look forward to the gains that lie ahead. We live suspended between the familiar past and the expected future. The scenery we enjoy today gradually fades into the background, finally receding from sight.

The accident kept replaying itself a g r a c e d i s g u i s e d 41 in my mind like a horror movie repeating its most gruesome scene. I felt I was on the edge of insanity. The next morning I visited the funeral home and stared in disbelief at three open coffins before me. At that moment I felt myself slipping into a black hole of dread and oblivion. I was afloat in space, utterly alone among billions of nameless, distant stars. People seemed to recede from sight until they appeared to be standing far away, on some distant horizon.

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