Saturday, November 25, 2006

The School of Dying Graces

There are times when deep challenges scour our soul, changing us forevermore. These are not pleasant times of going 'all in', but nonetheless one of God's ways with us.

Richard Felix lets us in on such a journey that he and his wife Vivian travelled in the book, The School of Dying Graces.

This is a must read if you or a loved one faces uncertain health. It should be mandatory for those seeking to be caregivers or undertake ministry. Read at your own risk!

Richard writes about how he prayed that his wife would be healed from her breast cancer. After more than two years of battling the beast called cancer, including undergoing a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, double mastectomy, radiation, bone-marrow transplant and experimental drugs, Vivian died.

We are all undergoing the 'dying graces'. The only question is are we accepting the lessons or not.

The grace of letting go
The grace of seeing with the eyes of faith
The grace of dependence
The grace of surrender
The grace of gratitude
The grace of transformation

“Lord, make me beautiful of soul, and then let others see into my soul. . . . Expand my life outward, Lord. Let my life have ultimate meaning. Allow me to bring hope and your love to others.” Vivian Felix

“The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.” King Lear

Chapter one

"The lessons may be costly, but the wisdom is priceless." Richard Felix

"It is possible to stand on the cusp of our very worst fears, endure the nightmare of their coming true, and find that on the other side we have been transformed rather than destroyed." Richard Felix

Psalm 116:15
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.


Blogger Michael Tkachuk said...

Thanks Stewy!!! That is a book definitely worth reading. I pray the reflection of my own soul is something that is pleasing.

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