Despite the beauty and richness of God’s creation, our world is filled with tragedy, suffering, pain, misery, death, murder and all manners of sickness and disease. Were historians to write a book about our present world and its place in human history, such historians would most likely title their book, “The Age of Grief.”
Grief is all around us. It engulfs us with the force of a hurricane or typhoon as it knocks us to and fro as if we are no more than leaves of grass. For those who are religious and spiritual, and even those who are philosophical, are want to shout, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, NKJV).
How are we to manage such unbearable grief? How do we escape the wilderness of discontent and make it back to the “green, green grass of home?”
Enter a courageous and wise beyond her years, young lady from a land which has known war and pestilence all too well – the land of Egypt. Alaa M. Malfouz has offered to us her Coloring Book with the hope of giving us time and space to ease the burden of our grief by meditating on wise words while coloring our world with bright colors to replace the darkness that so often invades our very souls. This simple but pivotal book says we will not give in to grief, but we will color our world anew as we approximate the beauty and tranquility of the original creation. And maybe, just maybe, if enough of us undertake this form of meditation, we can bring about the change we want to see in our world.
Rev. Dr. Don E. Peavy, Sr.
October 15, 2019