Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wednesday's Woe - The Great Grief Brings The Great Battle

Wednesday's Woe

The Great Grief Brings The Great Battle

I am blown away by the pain of another

Grieving Mother.

Pain interred, pain incurred,

Pain endured, pain insured,

becomes pain inured.

Facing death all day long,

not just death, death of our child,

our precious one.

How do we deal with pain 24/7/365,

year in year out,

not just pain,

the worst pain...

A pain that is "flesh-eating," as it

eats at your heart, always gnawing,

ever tearing, breaking, wrenching,

until it feels you must have no heart left,

except that... it is...

for it still hurts.

Its flesh cannot be destroyed

because this parent's heart ever loves,

even when the child isn't here to love,

it goes on loving.

And yet the pain continues to

masticate, crunch, grip, rip, tear,

no matter how masticated, pulverized,

decimated, ripped, torn, beaten, shorn,

the heart will not stop,

the heart will not give up the loving...

No matter the pain, no matter the hurt,

no matter the pulverization,

no matter the debilitation,

no matter the exhaustion,

no matter the brokenness,

no matter the dysfunctional life,

no matter others' expectations,

no matter...

Love goes on, the heart keeps loving.

Yet the pain is unrelenting...

until it has to stop...

but not here...never here...

not until...


when the Great Physician says,


There will be no more death,

or dying, or grief, or tears...or pain."

And on that final day,

the heart will know,

Love Wins.


Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said,

“I am making everything new!”

Then He said,

“Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me:

“It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children..."

~Revelation 21:1-7 (capitalizations mine)

Picture - Thanks to http://HoangNguyen.cgsociety.org/gallery/464305/
Poem - The Great Grief Brings The Great Battle - Angie Bennett Prince - 9/17/10
Scripture from New International Version, 2010


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