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Loneliness 

#475 I’m writing about #loneliness and #bereavement this week. Do we pull together as #community these days? Do we #surround those who are #grieving? When do we expect that they should have come to terms with their loss? Can you ever go back to normal after losing a loved one?

Left behind

#412 #day24 of placement involved a talk at #coffeepot, a group for those who are #lonely or recently #bereaved. I spoke of how for much of my life, in school, in my family, at university and in searching for graduate employment, I so often found myself feeling profoundly #leftbehind. Even after returning from living in Japan for four years I struggled to find my way and found that people’s lives had moved on in my absence. It’s taken years for me to fully shake this off because I perhaps wasn’t as sharp or as quick as my peers, or I lacked passion for something. I have found that it takes some of us longer than others to find that passion, to see our place in the world – sometimes our journeys are much longer, yet no less valid. Today I #pray for all those who feel left behind at school, work or with family and friends. May you be granted courage to take time to find your way – and may you wait for the Lord to renew your strength, may you mount up on wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. #isaiah40v31 

Left behind

#403 #day21 was a planning day and amongst other things I was preparing a talk for a group which is made up of recently bereaved people, and those who feel lonely. For #inspiration I went for a walk and found a first #signofautumn. I was reminded of my first days of school as a child, seeing #acorns in the playground. I was one of those #latedevelopers and those who raced ahead, like this acorn, gave me a sense of being #leftbehind. It would be years until I would fully shake off that feeling. It made me wonder whether we are a little too quick to leave people behind? Perhaps the people I was preparing my talk for will be able to identify with that…what can we do differently to ensure people feel #included rather than #excluded?

#64 There is something quite stark, empty and lonely about #bereavement. Many people at college are feeling bereaved at the loss of something of an iconic old beech tree. Walking alongside those who are bereaved is an incredible privilege as people can be truly beautiful when they bravely allow themselves to open up and let the rawness of their loss show. #praying for all who are #bereaved that they will be #comforted and that they will #neverwalkalone.

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