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Belief and Death – are the words so difficult to learn?

“Well, we have nothing if not belief.”

~Reepicheep

“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (CS Lewis)

A Grief Observed, as well as other books and writings, by CS Lewis have comforted, challenged and confirmed many of my own feelings at different times with their stark emotion and startling honesty. Almost thirty-five years and a vast ocean between two continents separated the experiences of Mr. Lewis and my own. We were at very different points on life’s continuum; Mr. Lewis was in his early sixties when his wife, Joy, died and me in my late twenties when my wife died.

However, the experiences of Mr. Lewis I read about are eerily similar to my own experiences. The feelings of pain, sorrow, guilt and eventually a measure of acceptance and healing that followed. Grief is a solitary road we must walk alone, however the words Mr. Lewis shared have always made me feel not quite so alone, especially during my own time of anguish and the dark night of my soul.

My hope is that my words, the things I share and put into the world can do the same for someone else. We are all sojourners here on earth and sorrow at one time or another will wrap its cold arms around us all and hold us close. In those moments, we need grace and mercy, for if my own experience is any indication in those dark times of guilt and pain there often vows and promises made that we are never meant to keep.

Have You Become the Storm?

Though I walk through the valley of death (or shadows)…

I know that in my own life it is during times of struggle when I have grown the most. If we bend but do not break we become stronger. It may sound cliche but it can be true that what doesn’t kill us often makes us stronger.

My own journey has wound its way through life, death and ultimately back to life. You can read some of that on my About page and in my upcoming memoir.

I know that my path will again lead me to death’s door and the final reality. However my faith assures me that it is not the end just a different adventure.

Meanwhile in this life and hopefully in the next –

I am the storm!

How about you?