Grief and Joy


Of all the things my many Congolese friends have taught me (and there are many), one of the greatest is the blessing of mourning with those that mourn. They’ve taught me why, and how.


I’ve learned from people who have lost absolutely everything that there really is nothing you can say.  And that’s okay.


Being there is what counts.

Why do we so often hide our grief?  A brave face may be one of our biggest downfalls as a western society.  Grief and joy are intertwined.  By sharing them both, we rise again together.

2 Responses

  1. Jamie

    Beautiful…tender…true <3

    June 22, 2016 at 5:21 am

  2. Elizabeth Matteson

    What a great blessing for you and your girls to have this opportunity to share the lives of these dear people! All that you are learning from and sharing with them will surely enrich your family. These pictures speak volumes.
    Beth Matteson

    June 22, 2016 at 5:55 am

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