Mary Delaney was a woman who sowed in sadness but reaped a harvest of beauty and gratefulness.
Laurel Moffatt considers the universal nature of grief. Many are grieving these days: Illness. Loss of friends, lovers, family members. The loss of time. The rumbles of war. The question is never whether grief will ever arrive in our life, the question is what to do with it when it does.
Mary Delaney, who was born in 1700 to an upper-class family, was married unwillingly to an unkind man. Her life was emotionally fraught while her husband lived and financially strained once he died. Joy did follow, but even these latter blessings were tainted by still more suffering.
Yet Mary learned that the best way to deal with grief is not to ignore it or push it away, but let it stay, give it room, let it speak for itself. And in so doing, she not only invented a whole new art form, but discovered how God’s grace can colour even the darkest times.
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What is Small Wonders?
The clarity the desert brings. Hurricanes and hard relationships. Finding reason in the middle of a ruin. Small Wonders are quiet but profound observations about life from Dr Laurel Moffatt. In each fifteen-minute episode, Laurel uncovers lessons learned from broken and beautiful things that are polished to perfection and set in rich audio landscapes for your consideration.