Article of the Week

Good Grief

Good Grief

In preparation for Mother's Day this weekend, we are featuring our article, Good Grief, from our newest journal. In this article, the author describes the grief she felt as a mother sending her oldest son off on a mission to Africa. She looks at the conflicting emotions through the lens of her own mission and of the day she and her husband “whisked our newborn Holden home from the hospital, feeling like kidnappers. . . . We pulled into the parking lot of our apartment, looked anxiously at each other, and giggled as we said, ‘They’re just going to let us keep him? Just like that? They know we have no idea what we’re doing, right?’”

Toto’s song “Africa” suddenly takes on new meaning: “I bless the rains down in Africa.” And she finds new meaning in Zenos’s allegory in Jacob chapter 5. Her grief is especially good when her missionary son tells them of the gift he wants to give Christ for Christmas. “Maybe good grief,” she concludes, “is the kind that can make us holy.”