You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 NRSV

Thought

Your mind engages in a constant, ongoing dialogue with itself. You ask and answer; you consider and then reject. In grief it is exhausting to listen to a perpetual conversation of the mind, especially without your loved one present to respond and encourage. With acceptance you begin to speak less and listen more. “[W]hatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8 RSV).

Prayer

God, in grief I am distracted by the clamor of my mind. In acceptance I feel your hand upon my heart. Amen.

Assurance

I listen to God in the silence of acceptance.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012