Practicing Generosity with All Your Soul
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. - Helen Keller
Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can make us both grateful for those whom we can be with, while at the same time reminding us of those we are separated from, either by death or other reasons. And when we are grieving, the holidays can magnify our feelings of sadness.
In general, our culture has a hard time talking about grief, and this is especially true this time of year. This is unfortunate because the primary way we are able to bear our grief is by talking about it and sharing it with others. When it comes to grief, we really only have two choices. We can express it through words, or it will be expressed in some other, often less desirable, way, such as isolating ourselves from others, developing physical health symptoms, or experiencing prolonged emotional distress. However, when grief can be acknowledged and talked about, it can be endured, healing can begin, and eventually we can begin a new chapter in life with a deeper appreciation of life because of our grief.
We invite you to think of someone you know who is grieving and for whom the holidays this year might be especially difficult. Now think about ways you can be generous with the gift of your time and attention, and reach out to them—either by phone or a visit in person. Your generous gift of remembering them and their grief will go a long way toward helping them feel less alone.
Making it personal: Three things I am grateful for today:
I was/will be generous with someone today by _______________
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.