Lament For A Son

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Lament for a Son

...please: don't say it's not really so bad. Because it is. Death is awful, demonic.  If you think your task as comforter is to tell me that really, all things considered, it's not so bad, you do not sit with me in my grief but place yourself off in the distance from me.  Over there, you are of no help. What I need to hear from you is that you recognize how painful it is.  I need to hear from you that you are with me in my desperation.  To comfort me, you have to come close.  Come sit beside me on my mourning bench.

---Nicholas Wolterstorff, in "The Living Pulpit," October- December 2002, page 13.

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