Thanks to workingpreacher.org for this reminder about my friend Deanna Thompson's lovely essay about talking about things we don't know how to talk about. Even those of us who do love words confront times when words fail us. It's a great connection to this Sunday's second lesson from 2 Timothy.
One of the great blessings of the internet has been its power to help some very fine writers in the midst of personal crisis to share their story more or less as it happens. Some of them write books as well, but I'm grateful for sites like caringbridge that allow people to reflect on illness and grief without having to go through years of editing and publishing details first. As someone who knows how hard it can be to speak in such times, the ability to write to many loved ones at once is a blessing.