Grief and Grace

We all share terrible, piercing, common grief.  Yet somehow, we all receive common grace, maybe if it’s only just enough to live another second.  On this rainy day before Thanksgiving, my family and I received some sad news.  Your family may have too.  Prompting this photo journal:

Grief and Grace


Wave of Grief



Down by the River


Don’t ever tell anybody anything.

If you do, you start missing everybody.

-Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger


Frozen in Time






You feel so far away


No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

– A Grief Observed, C. S. Lewis



Do you know what hurts so very much?  It’s love.  Love is the strongest force in the world,

and when it is blocked that means pain… we can kill that love so that it stops hurting… or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.

– The Hiding Place, By Corrie Ten Boom

Color the Darkness


I found it is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.

-The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

Color the Darkness


Comfort Food



Autumn Berries


There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

-C. S. Lewis



Resolved never to do anything which I would be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.

-Jonathan Edwards


5 thoughts on “Grief and Grace

  1. Shannon,
    We are grieving also today for a beloved teacher and friend and for our friends who call him grandad. Praying for you as well.
    Love you!
    P.s. The cookies look so yummy!


    1. I am so sorry Aunt Kara! I hope your family is doing well. It was been kind of hard, hasn’t it? Thank you for praying for me! I really appreciate it, and will pray for you guys as well. I’m so glad you think the cookies look good!
      Love you too!


  2. Shannon, thank you so much. I don’t know what to say. I felt like this blog was you encouraging me after that news we received this morning, in a way that is so personal and deep.

    Don’t know what I would do during these times without a friend like you.

    “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” And my uncle knows that right now, better than any of us.

    Thank you, friend. Onward.


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