Last night I caught the beginning of the movie, “The Shack” and chose not to watch it. I had already read the book and knew I would be up hours re-running it in my head. The movie reminds me a lot of Job’s journey to find wholeness after loss. “The Shack,” was written by a novice novelist, William P. Young, who self-published the book. Because of the volume of books it sold, a major publisher picked it up, and it became a best seller. The book is about tragedy, loss of faith, and faith restored by an unconventional visit from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I recently watched a TED show about grief. Laura Price, author of “Good Mourning” spoke about how rituals can help people through grief. When her husband died, she and her family filled the cremation box holding their loved one with mementoes of his life–pictures, a favorite cap, etc. Instead of thinking about the process of cremation, they stored pleasant memories for the future from their last moments together and found a way to begin to heal the wound of loss. She ended her speech by quoting Rumi: “A wound is a place where the light enters in.” For believers, that light is our Triune God.
Lord, you are an amazing God who gives, takes away, and then rewards us with blessings we do not deserve. Amen.