All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
Find hope and renewal in life's natural cycle of ordinary losses and new beginnings.
Going beyond loss as a problem to be resolved, a grief to be worked through, Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton, a spiritual director and ordained clergywoman, reframes loss from the perspective that our everyday losses help us learn what we need to handle the major losses. Weaving in spiritual and classical themes, personal and scriptural story, Dr. Copeland-Payton shows us that by becoming aware of what our lesser losses have to teach us, the larger losses of our lives become less terrifying.
Each chapter includes a spiritual practice and questions for reflection to help you:
* Mine the hidden depths of painful losses of things and places.
* Traverse the devastating loss of relationships and the heart-wrenching death of people we love.
* Overcome the steep, dark slopes of loss of beliefs and faith.
* Venture past our fear of the losses of aging and our own death.