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Roseburg Oregon And The Grief Among Us

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

We are all struck by the tragedy in Oregon.  As that tragedy struck was informed of friends of a NCL family who experienced the catastrophic loss of a child.  So sad.  So very much beyond words.

And how do we craft words in response to those moments? Those moments that simply defy description and at the same time call simply for words that somehow grant us handles, somehow allow a grasp, however tenuous, on what breaks our hearts.

The words I know, the words I have come to know, are not words of pithy explanation that somehow make sense of what makes no sense.  They are words woven back to the nature of the faith.

That nature – and this phrase admittedly overused – go back to the very nature of the cross. To Christ’s crucifixion. Words returning to God who walked among us.  Return to God who suffered.  Suffered alone.  Suffered as we suffer.  And suffers with us.

That is compassion.  The very essence of faith.  Faith not as in a belief system that counters all doubts with glib assuredity.  But tempered faith that is able to deeply grieve and hold the sober, quiet knowledge in the midst of crushing distress that God is here too.