Tuesday, 26 November 2013

There is nothing that can replace 
the absence of someone dear to us, 
and one should not even attempt to do so.
One must simply hold out and endure it.
At first that sounds very hard, 
but at the same time it is also a great comfort.
For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled 
one remains connected to the other person through it.
It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. 
God in no way fills it but much more 
leaves it precisely unfilled 
and thus helps us preserve — even in pain — 
the authentic relationship.
Further more, 
the more beautiful and full the remembrances, 
the more difficult the separation.
But gratitude transforms 
the torment of memory into silent joy. 
One bears what was lovely in the past 
not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, 
a hidden treasure 
of which one can always be certain. Bonhoeffer

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