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Monday, July 18, 2011

Death: A Glimpse of Divine Sorrow

"Death is something that is something that is going to happen to all of us and that is something very mysterious and very sad and yet has something of the sorrow of God about it.  It has something of God's grief over the way the world has become. God was present in my father's death. God was present at my father's funeral...And those were very precious and poignant moments; like Jesus weeping at the grave of Lazurus you have a sense of Divine Sorrow which is with you and holding on to you. It doesn't make it easier but you just know that God is in there with you..."
                            ~ NT Wright

In this short video NT Wright shares the emotions and revelations he received from the experience of losing his father to death.  He compares his conclusions of how we are to receive death to those of Dylan Thomas' in Thomas' poem " Do Not go Gentle into That Good Night", which Thomas wrote after the death of his own father.  I find Wright's interpretation very positive and based on biblical principles, as he assures listeners, "There will be a new morning.".

Do you identify with some of his feelings and conclusions? Or do you have a different interpretation of death?

Please share your thoughts in the comments sections. Thank you :)

Divine Sorrow from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.


  1. Having no beliefs i feel that just like everything else on the planet when we die we rot and should feed the earth. This does not sadly ever offer me any comfort when i lose a loved one but hey ho.

  2. Thanks for sharing Chaz :) I'd like to offer you more hope than your current conclusions! :) A new day awaits us all, as Wright so aptly shares in his video. Thank goodness for that! ~blessings my friend

  3. Divine sorrow is present in death. This I believe.
    As Oscar Wilde said, “Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.”

  4. Yes, we all will make our transition, or die, but I believe that we are all eternal beings...so there really is no death. The part of us that is physically-focused, here on Earth, is only a small part of Who We Really Are...the greater part of us is the non-physical, divine, God-self. And when we 'die' we re-emerge or become one with that God-self. Wow! What a rush that will be!

    As I said...just my beliefs.

    An interesting topic, Jessica!

  5. Jessica,I have seen my father and my sister pass away before my eyes..For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    (Romans 8:38,39)
    As God wishes...

  6. I believe that Christian maturity is getting to the point where you don't care what God is giving you from His hand: life, death, grief, sorrow, joy or happiness; as long as you know that it is coming from His hand of grace. I appreciate the video because it does make you stop and take notice that we are all terminal; we will all have a death of body at some point. The question is how will you live your life before that transition.

  7. Jessica, I know with God´s grace I will be going to heaven but death is something that scares me to death. I think it is the process of dying that scares me and what is happening afterwards. I saw my own grandmother passing away and she was so peaceful. But she was also 83 years old. She had a good life. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  8. I felt Christ's humanity on that episode with Lazarus... There were several other passages where He wept but for a death of a loved one, it must've been very deep. I often imagine how God reacts on different situations. Many have portrayed God to be laughing and crying with us... how about death?

    I always think of death as a happy event... Finally, souls will be united with the Creator... meeting God face-to-face...

    But how about death due to murder or rape or brutality? How about sickness?

    Fr. Wright's video is very enlightening... I believe in a 'new morning'...

  9. Death can only come for the physical body. I think that it is just a passage to something new and better. Something that we all hope for.