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

By Jerry L. Sittser

An accelerated variation of this vintage ebook on grief and loss---with a brand new preface and epilogue Loss got here without notice for Jerry Sittser. right away, a sad vehicle coincidence claimed 3 generations of his kin: his mom, his spouse, and his younger daughter. whereas so much folks won't adventure the sort of catastrophic loss in our lifetime, we all will style it. And we will, if we decide, understand to boot the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, even if as a result of sickness, divorce, or the lack of anyone we like. The conditions usually are not vital; what we do with these conditions is. In coming to the top of ourselves, we will be able to come to the start of a brand new life---one marked via religious intensity, pleasure, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of easy benefits.

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I have revisited them again and again. If anything, I have not moved beyond these stages but below them. I have learned that they were desperate attempts to avoid having to face the real problem, which I fought off as long as I could. I finally became so exhausted trying to run from the real problem that I simply gave up. In the end I was forced to address the problem of life’s mortality—my mortality—which for a time made me profoundly depressed. I remember the first time I realized I had no fight left.

I struggled with exhaustion, as I do now. But somehow I found the strength—God’s gift to me, I think—to carry on despite getting so little sleep. My decision to enter the darkness had far-reaching consequences, both positive and negative. It was the first step I took toward growth, but it was also the first step I took toward pain. I had no idea then how tumultuous my grief would be. I did not know the depths of suffering to which I would descend. For months I kept staring at the accident and reliving its trauma.

These choices are never easy. Though we can and must make them, we will make them more often than not only after much agony and struggle. Many years ago I read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, a book that explores what the author discovered a g r a c e d i s g u i s e d 47 from personal experience about the power of choice, especially in the face of terrible loss and darkness. I reread the book two years after the accident, and I understood as never before what he had believed and argued so eloquently.

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