I’ve been wondering just how people endure this thing called grief. The world says there are five stages of grief …
denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Well I didn’t spend any time in denial … how does one, in all sanity, deny that death has taken their heart from them. I wake each morning to an empty bed. At 5:30 each evening, as his pup Habby sits at the window, no barking of joy marks his return. And the worst … I haven’t heard his voice or that laugh of his that I so loved in in almost a month (more really).
The bible says, in Romans 1 verses 1-5 that we have …
Peace and Hope
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
I guess this numbness and realization that this is my new life can be defined as a kind of peace. Like I said denial was never a place I truly visited.
We walked in faith. We prayed God’s perfect will and for healing. But in the end Don had an appointment to go home to be with the Lord. So denial and bargaining are (were always) off the table. So what is left?
Anger, Depression and Acceptance.
Well right now I am angry and depression sneaks up from time to time; but depression is just anger turned inward … so they are the same thing. And acceptance, I’ve excepted that my Love has gone home. So if I’ve logically come to terms with all these so called stages of grief I wonder how much longer the pain will remain.
When I am not in the throws of this anger; this slow burning dislike of life and breathing I feel, I know I am in faith.
I wonder … does anger affect faith? Does it change it?
I believe, no, I know that anger changes a person if left unchecked. So I don’t indulge for too long. I pray.
I look around my, our home and I wonder how, just how am I able to go on. I wonder if I’ll ever be happy again, because I am truly unhappy right now.
Is it really anger, I wonder, or just deep, deep unhappiness?
I don’t know. I just don’t know.
In my faith I don’t have the luxury of denial or bargaining. In my faith I must control this anger and depression; the bible tells me I have control over my emotions according to the Word and Will of God.
But this unhappiness is so vitally deep and when I try to get to it to reign it in it goes deeper.
I guess I’m just wondering, often these days, how long it will take to accept my new life and calling in Christ. I thought I knew my roll and God has suddenly changed that … so I wonder and endure …
Thanks for reading. God bless.