In These Days of Loss

“That which needs healing must not be hidden from God.” 

These are the words a monk shared with me a few years ago as I began my silent retreat at Abbey of Gethsemane. In these days of much loss, grief, and disappointment, I offer them to you.

And I offer these words for contemplation and honest hope (inspired by a poem written by Dag Hammarskjold):

The road,
We shall follow it.
The playfulness, 
We shall rediscover it.
The cup,
We shall drink from it.
The pain,
We shall reveal it.
The hope,
We shall hold onto it.
The joy, 
We shall recover it.
The love,
We shall not forget it.
The road,
We shall endure it.

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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3 Responses to In These Days of Loss

  1. thayer cory says:

    The words of contemplation are so moving and are just what I need right now. I’m going to send it to many friends and family members. Can I attribute it to you?

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    • Fred says:

      Thanks for sharing. And yes, feel free. But please mention that I was inspired by a similar poem written by Dag Hammarskjold. I am deserving of credit for originality. Grace and peace!


  2. bishopdfaith says:

    This is great; I will utilize this on the prayer-line Thursday morning!



    Liked by 1 person

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