Learning to Jump Again
As a pastor and teacher, Anthony Weber tried to help people deal with the grief that accompanied the death of a loved one. In 2003, he experienced that loss for himself when his father, a minister and counselor, died of pancreatic cancer while still in his fifties. Suddenly, Anthony’s personal experience challenged his carefully crafted theological understanding of pain and grief.
Anthony had to revisit a lot of big questions that he thought were resolved: Why is life so hard? What kind of God allows this, and why? Why do I feel so disconnected from others? How do I handle the roller coaster of emotions? Why am I now consumed by fear? How should I view the presence of pain in the world? How do I, as a pastor, teach my congregation how to pray when I can’t pray anymore? Can I doubt? How long can I cry? And how long will God put up with me?
Learning to Jump Again allows us to grieve at the ripple effect of death, grief, and loss-but not without hope.
Christianity | Counseling Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society
Weber, Anthony, "Learning to Jump Again" (2011). Alumni Book Gallery. 34.