If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble.
So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.
~ 2 Tim 1:13-14
There is a scene in It’s a Wonderful Life where George Bailey loses his temper with his family, and ultimately runs out of the house and to the bridge to try and throw himself in the river. He is sharp with the children, he is sharper with Mary, and he is clearly angry. What he is angry about only we, the viewers, know. But his family doesn’t know and they are left crying, confused and worried.
Sometimes, grief is like that. It makes us snap at things that have nothing to do with what we are grieving. And since grieving is a personal thing (mourning is what we do in public,) sometimes the “mask” is to cover us until we can get alone and let go. God has planted peace in us from the outset, as well as all the other fruits of the spirit. We must stay in constant contact with the source and guard this precious thing that we have been given by the Holy Spirit. But at the same time, we must be in touch with ourselves and recognize when our behavior is signalling something totally different than what we are manifesting.
Today, be kind to yourself if you let it go inconveniently and take it to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Let them soothe your troubled spirit.
Simon and Garfunkel
Because of Him,