Pain and loss are inevitable in this life. All human beings encounter this "dreaded duo" within their own stories, the lives of those they love, and the journeys of those with whom they work or minister. How they deal with pain and loss is the key to becoming whole and holy. Though this is a story of the experienced and healing love of God—in the life of a specific woman, the author—in a specific context (her young adult son's diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumor), the essential message is timeless and universal. It is about opening our souls to honest awareness of grief and pain and letting God's all-embracing love surround us.
The author offers the wisdom of professional insight, the intimacy of personal spirituality, and the heart of a hurting mother in this "easy to digest" format. Each of her recollections encourage readers to find comfort in Scripture and prayer, as well as in the ordinary things of life: marigolds, willow branches, relationships, synchronicities—and even beer! In these simple stories, she addresses those who are too sad and overwhelmed to seek companionship with God and others, and she assures them that sacred healing is possible when they allow God's powerful love to embrace their hurting souls.
Janet Davis has spent so many years working as hospital chaplain, lay leader in the church, and spiritual director that she refers to herself as "one who gathers stories." She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Bob, and currently focuses her energy on writing, speaking, spiritual direction, and maintaining a website at janetdavisonline.com.
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