Liturgies can also help us integrate faith with emotions, because we learn that God is with us in our emotional reactions, no matter how unsavory they may be. Even when we have faith, for example, that God gives a new life after death, when a loved one dies, we are still flattened with grief and a devastating sense that the loved one is forever lost to us. We may be angry at God, unable to pray, and feel spiritually dead. A personalized funeral that remembers the life of our loved one and declares the promise of eternal life can be a great comfort. The liturgy takes us to a place that we cannot go by ourselves. The result can be a greatly deepened, grounded, and integrated faith that even in times of greatest despair, God is still with us.
—Tilda Norberg, Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
O LORD, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
—Psalm 6:2 (NRSV)
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