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Take time, be gentle as you walk with grief.

November 13, 2012

For our friend Eileen.


Do not hurry

as you walk with grief;

it does not help the journey.


Walk slowly,

pausing often:

do not hurry

as you walk with grief.


Be not disturbed

by memories that come unbidden.

Swiftly forgive;

and let Christ speak for you

unspoken words.

Unfinished conversation

will be resolved in Him.

Be not disturbed.


Be gentle with the one

who walks with grief.

If it is you,

be gentle with yourself.

Swiftly forgive;

walk slowly,

pausing often.


Take time, be gentle

as you walk with grief.



Come now

live in us.

Let us stay in You,

since if we be all in You,

we cannot be far from one another,

though some may be in heaven

and some upon earth.

Adapted from a passage in David Elginbrod by George MacDonald. From Celtic Daily Prayer, 225.

  1. December 13, 2012 3:28 pm

    Lovely, Chris! Is that the passage you shared at her memorial service?

  2. December 13, 2012 3:38 pm

    No, but this did come from one of the Celtic communities she visited. This post came from one of my books-one that I had lent her a couple years ago to read during a hospital stay. The one I shared at the memorial service was from her Scotland trip prayerbook.

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