A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
"“For in grief nothing "stays put." One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral? But if a spiral, am I going up or down it? How often -- will it be for always? -- how often will the vast emptiness astonish me like a complete novelty and make me say, "I never realized my loss till this moment"? The same leg is cut off time after time.”
― C.S. Lewis
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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis joined the human race when his wife, Joy Gresham, died of cancer. Lewis, the Oxford don whose Christian apologetics make it seem like he's got an answer for everything, experienced crushing doubt for the first time after his wife's tragic death. A Grief Observed contains his epigrammatic reflections on that period: "Your bid for God or no God, for a good God or the Cosmic Sadist, for eternal life or nonentity will not be serious if nothing much is staked on it. And you will never discover how serious it was until the stakes are raised horribly high," Lewis writes. "Nothing will shake a manor at any rate a man like me out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is the book that inspired the film Shadowlands, but it is more wrenching, more revelatory, and more real than the movie. It is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings. 

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02/22/2015 6:56pm

Actually, sometimes I didn’t understand people who are doubting for what happened to their lives. If they experienced happiness and think that is everlasting happiness they never question our creator. But when they experienced sorrow and pain that’s the right time for them to ask WHY? Before I didn’t understand them, but when I in that situation, I also guilty by asking God why those things happened to me to think that I and my family obey Him. I repent to God and feel sorry for what I act. If we realize we are all going and experiencing death, that’s our right time. In C.S Lewis his wife ends up with that and nothing more. So all of us need to understand that if we are in that situation despite of asking God, let us say.. God gives me strength to carry this cross.

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06/14/2017 10:26pm

Grief is the part of our life.

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Dealing with grief would become difficult if you let it take over you.

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