“Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On thee when sorrows rise;
On thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies.
To thee I tell each rising grief,
For thou alone canst heal;
Thy word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel.” –Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul by Anne Steele
“Reading A Grief Observed during my own grief made me understand that each experience of grief is unique. There are always certain basic similarities: Lewis mentions the strange feeling of fear, the needing to swallow, the forgetfulness. Perhaps all believing people feel, like Lewis, a horror of those who say of any tragedy, ‘Thy will be done,’ as though a God of love never wills anything but good for us creatures. He shows impatience with those who try to pretend that death is unimportant for the believer, an impatience which most of us feel, no matter how strong our faith.” — Crosswicks (emphasis mine).
Chances are you’ve experienced some type of loss in your life. You may be struggling to stay afloat and even questioning the faith on which you stand as Lewis did. Similarly, you probably know someone close to you going through a season of grief and ache to help him or her. A friend asked me to share helpful resources on grief; the following have deeply ministered to me in my journey through loss — from — from memoir to books and articles to music. Some deal directly with miscarriage and infertility; others grief and loss in general.
Wherever you are on your journey, may you find hope, peace, and comfort, especially in your darkest hours of questioning and soul-searching.
GENERAL RESOURCES ON GRIEF, PAIN, & SUFFERING
Music can be a comfort in times of trial and suffering. Below is my It is Well playlist on Spotify, a collection of songs of hope and encouragement. You can listen here or if the player doesn’t work, you can hop over to Spotify. A list of the songs is below.
It is Well, Bethel Music // No Longer Slaves, Bethel Music // Even Though, More Than Rubies // Live and Breathe, More Than Rubies // Anchor of Hope, Ellie Holcomb // My Heart is Steadfast, Ellie Holcomb // Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul, Indelible Grace Music* // All the Way my Savior Leads Me, Chris Tomlin // Heaven Song, Phil Wickham // Healed by Shane & Shane ( instrumental)
*Indelible Grace is a movement to revive old hymns with a heart for formative worship. This song comes one of my favorite albums by IG, The Hymn Sing. These lyrics, some quoted above, are so powerful. You can find out more about Indelible Grace here.