Times of Crisis, Need of Comfort


I got off the phone with my mom about a half-hour ago and she told me that hospice says that my grandma will probably only live another few hours or maybe a day. What surprises me a little is how I run back to those religious places in my life that are most comforting even if I’m not even sure I believe them. I want to kneel down and pray. I want to talk to God, not the UU God that I know, that presence that is within us and among us, but my old God that was this big guy with loving arms living up in the clouds. In times of crisis and sadness and just struggle, there is something about going back to that non-intellectual place we were when we were younger. That love of familiarity and that non-complex deity that was just perfect and loving and comforting. I guess the great thing is that the divine can be both of those things. God/dess doesn’t always have to be complex or heady or in need of ten different adjectives (the great mystery, the spirit of life, interbeing…) but the divine is all of those things and more. For me, at least, both simple and complex. Both personal and diffuse. The great thing, theologically, for me about UUism is that we acknowledge that different paths work for different people and that we are all just sort of fumbling toward making sense out of something that is truly beyond words. Beyond our words. It is nice not to have the responsibility or the pressure to systematically develop a theology where it all fits together, that really gets to it all, but to say “This divine, this non-divine, this something, is so great, so loving, so complex, that we simply cannot get all of it at once into language.”

So, Grandma, mother of 12, grandmother to 26, wife to Arnold, devout Catholic, peace, and love, and gratitude to you as you go to that which is beyond our words.

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3 Responses to Times of Crisis, Need of Comfort

  1. Jeff Giddings says:

    Elizabeth,

    My thoughts and prayers (or the UU equivalent) are with you. May you find the comfort you need at this sad time.

    –Jeff

  2. emmjay says:

    i had to do a double take on that picture – you bear a keen resemblance to your grandmother! take care….

  3. Elizabeth says:

    thank you both jeff and emmjay. yes, i look both a lot like my grandma and my mom. i once saw a picture of my mom when she was young and i thought it was me and for the life of me couldn’t figure out when or where the picture had been taken. my mom and her sisters all look very similar too. must be some strong genes from that side of the family.
    much peace, elizabeth :)

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