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Crushed For a Season [New Poem]

Background In this poem I connect the image of winemaking with that of suffering, grief, and growth. The winepress is a symbol both of judgment and discipline as well as celebratory rejoicing. Wine resembles and signifies blood, but it is also a sign of the coming kingdom of God. Suffering and death precede resurrection. A […]

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Grief Is Like… The Ball and the Box

This is the second post in a short series on analogies of grief. You can read the first post here, which includes an introduction to the importance of these analogies. A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about his experience of grief over the loss of his mom not long after […]

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Grief Is Like… A Morgul Wound

Analogies of Grief Whenever we are going through difficult or perplexing experiences, analogies are helpful. As meaning-makers, pictures and stories are natural ways in which we seek to make sense of what we have experienced (or continue to experience). The pain and stress of these experiences are typically not relieved by this, but the process […]

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