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Relinquishing the Burden
I initially thought the reading assignment on suffering would be a slam-dunk. After all, I’d read countless books on suffering, including C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed several times. But as the Lord so often does, He had further growth in mind.
I found myself digging deeper than ever with each book. Memories from the past six years washed over me, with healing insights coming as I continued to read. I had not anticipated that this year in the Fellows Program would initiate a process of letting go, of relinquishing to the Lord this last stronghold of feeling sorry for my situation and myself...
Carolyn McKinnon, Co-Author, was a 2003 C.S. Lewis Fellow and on a Senior Professional Women track. In 1998, Carolyn’s husband Don died after a one-year battle with cancer that began as a brain tumor. He was 50 years old, and Carolyn and Don had been married for 20 years and had two children, then aged 17 and 15. Just before Don’s diagnosis of cancer, their youngest child suffered a serious head injury from a fall and then in a separate accident a year later suffered a ruptured spleen and came very close to death.