Graces I have experienced when grieving

This list began after my Dad died in 1991.  I chose not to preach at his funeral, but several weeks later, in a sermon, I listed some of the graces I had experienced since his death.  They are included in the list below.

Since then, my mother died (1995) and my two best friends died, at age 60 and age 63.  I have experienced other kinds of grief, having nothing to do with death, as well.

Recently, I was asked to make a presentation on “Overcoming Grief,” based on the principles of my book, Overcoming Adolescence.  I asked my Facebook Friends to help with my catalog.  Here it is as it stands now.   The inventory grows every day, because we each have unique experiences in suffering and in overcoming grief.  What works for one person may not work for another.  But God is active, and if we can pay attention, we will experience grace.

The Grace of Accepting Help

The Grace of Activity

The Grace of Appropriate Words

The Grace of  Balance

The Grace of Challenge

The Grace of Charity

The Grace of Clarity

The Grace of Closure

The Grace of Discovering that Suffering and Happiness Can Coexist

The Grace of Family

The Grace of Flowers

The Grace of Food

The Grace of Forgiveness

The Grace of Friends

The Grace of Gratitude

The Grace of Growth

The Grace of Housekeeping

The Grace of Hugs

The Grace of Humor and Laughter

The Grace of Kindness

The Grace of Limits

The Grace of Love

The Grace of Memories and Stories

The Grace of Music

The Grace of New Births (e.g., Grandchildren)

The Grace of Photographs

The Grace of Prayer

The Grace of Presence

The Grace of Receiving Love

The Grace of Reflection

The Grace of Release from Obligation

The Grace of Relief

The Grace of Reunion

The Grace of Scripture

The Grace of Seeing Suffering End

The Grace of Sharing

The Grace of Silence

The Grace of Sleep

The Grace of Sacrifice

The Grace of Tears

The Grace of Time

The Grace of a Glass of Wine

The Grace of a New Normal

Marion Aldridge

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Marion D. Aldridge is a popular preacher, public speaker, workshop leader and an award-winning writer. Author of numerous books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from religion to sports to travel, Aldridge’s interests are wildly eclectic. Aldridge has invested a lifetime in discovering what it means to be a citizen and participant in God’s wonderful world. Aldridge is at home whether having High Tea at Harrods or rafting on the Chattooga or worshiping at our planet’s holiest shrines.

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    The grace of love.