Tag Archives: Death of a young person

I just wish that I could hear

Tomorrow is Anna’s 35th birthday. Hard to imagine. She is locked forever now at 19. Her smile. Her laugh. Her brilliant eyes. The daisies in her hair, plucked from the wildflowers on her way to school. Her warmth. Her depth of spirit. Her passion for dance and theater and the life of the Spirit. Continue reading

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Floodwaters

A young man in the parish died on or shortly after Easter. He was 26. I met with his parents today. Faith seems like such a thin thread in the midst of such anguish. Continue reading

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Sleepless

After teeth had been brushed and a story read, after prayers had been said and goodnight kisses given, I would blow softly into Anna’s ears: once to blow out bad dreams, and then again to blow in good dreams. I … Continue reading

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We have seen the chariots of fire

There are no answers. There is only the pain of our grief and all the complicated emotions it brings. There is only the great mystery of God, the unfathomable mystery of that hidden power and presence that lies at the heart of all things. Continue reading

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