Christmastime is here, a season of joy and merriment, happy gatherings of family and friends, peace on earth and goodwill to all. Both tradition and pop culture remind us that all is merry and bright this time of year. And yet for some who are grieving the holiday season only amplifies sorrow. As the rest of the world is making merry the pains of suffering and loss seem unbearable and profoundly alienating.
The British statesman Edmund Burke believed that “beings made for suffering should suffer well.” What are we to do with grief in a season that exacerbates misery? Should we lean into it or flee from it? What are we to do with our grief when it subsides into the background but never truly leaves us alone? What possible good is there in our grief? How do we grieve well and avoid the many pitfalls of grief? And how might we find joy in the midst of grieving?
Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined by two guests—Jimmy Humphrey and Andrew Snyder—to wrestle with the challenging topic of grieving well.
About Jimmy Humphrey
Jimmy Humphrey is host of the Jimmy’s Table Podcast, a show about the intersection of faith, life, and culture. Jimmy describes himself as curiously evangelical, politically homeless, and a dreamer of small things.
Jimmy went to Bible college and seminary to study theology and prepare for ministry at Lee University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. But “life happened” and he ended up with a career in the mortgage industry at one of the nations’ largest banks as a high-level underwriter and analyst.
You can follow Jimmy on Twitter @TableJimmys
About Andrew Snyder
Andrew Snyder is a philosopher-theologian with an interest in the intersection between stories and life, neither of which—he would argue—can be properly understood apart from the other.
Andrew recently finished writing his doctoral dissertation on Søren Kierkegaard's understanding of anxiety's educative role in developing one's self and has been releasing digital content focused on the paths of myth and meaning. The flagship of this content can be found on the recently launched podcast, Mythic Mind. The first series walks through Kierkegaard's The Concept of Anxiety and The Sickness unto Death. The next series will focus on stories.
You can find Andrew’s writings and videos at https://www.andrewnsnyder.com/
You can follow Andrew on Twitter @Andrewnsnyder