Good article about how Christian hope can the grieving see that grief and loss are only temporary. This is the nature of Christianity and its view of suffering. It does not seek to escape grief, but embrace knowing that it is only temporary and has merit on this earth
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The article, Christian faith creates hope that alters grief, by Very Rev. John D. Payne states,
“An aerial view of Egypt might shed some light on the ancient Egyptian fixation with death. Running the length of Egypt for some 3,400 miles, from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea, is the Nile River. Only about a quarter of a mile on either side of the river is living green. Beyond that small strip of green, one foot beyond is complete death and nothing but desert. For the Egyptians, death is only one foot away.
Is it so different for us? Although our world is verdant and alive, compared to North Africa, only a few feet beyond us is the great, indefatigable desert. Death.
Many Episcopal churches read the names of those who have died in the congregation or the relatives or friends of parishioners on All Souls’ Day. This practice reminds us that someone is always grieving on any given day, and the reading of the names of those who have died gives us a chance to think about grief.”
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