Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mourning

My blogging friend Ruth has just lost her mother, and has shared this Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotation from her pastor's funeral homily. I am thinking that from now on it will go into every condolence note I send.


"Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love, and it would be wrong to try and find a substitute; we must simply hold out and see it through. That sounds very hard at first; but at the same time it is a great consolation, for the gap, as long as it remains unfilled, preserves the bond between us. It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap; God does not fill it, but on the contrary, keeps it empty, and so helps us to keep alive our former communion with each other, even at the cost of pain."

5 comments:

Diane said...

how true

Karen said...

I love that quote. so true.

artandsoul said...

Beautiful!

Magdalene6127 said...

That is beautiful.

Elaine Dent said...

A thoughtful quote. Again, humbly I learn.