I am a Unitarian Universalist still deeply inspired by Christ. This brought me to tears.
Someone recently said that I seem angry lately, that my writing has become decidedly negative, my demeanor abrasive and combative. (What a stupid jerk.)
For a split second I thought that he might be right, but realized almost immediately what was happening. He had indeed recognized my symptoms accurately; it was the cause that he didn’t or couldn’t understand, because it’s the kind of thing you can’t easily tell from a distance.
My well-meaning friend didn’t realize that in me, he was dealing with someone grieving deeply.
Anger and grief look a lot alike from the outside. They both feel similar when you’re on the receiving end.
That’s what’s been going on here in my heart for a long time; a grieving.
That’s what this faith walk has felt like lately: a funeral for a friend.
I, and so many others like me, are mourning a tremendous loss; one so profound and so disorienting that it’s…
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