Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Princess Grace. Grace Kelly was glamorous and classically attractive and her marriage to Prince Rainier made her life seem like a fairy tale. My abiding memory of her was in her last film High Society donning dark glasses nursing a hangover. Princess Grace died at the wheel of her car; she had suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. Twenty years after the accident, her daughter, Princess Stephanie, who was in the car at the time, spoke of the suffering she has endured and still endures. She describes it as a horrible trauma, and hints at a sense of guilt that she survived.
In life, things come our way that we would never wish for. Things happen to us or we do things we would not have thought ourselves capable of. Accidents happen, relationships fall apart or illness comes: life changes for us and our priorities change too. Suddenly, we feel vulnerable, broken, and not so sure of ourselves. It is in these times that learning to rest on the rock of faith we can find strength, a fresh spiritual perspective and a new set of values. Recovery from hardship may be a long road but we can rise up. It is not that the hurt is forgotten but that, in time, we learn to walk again.
God, You know us better than we know ourselves.
You know the memories that hurt us
as well as those that bring us joy.
In our darkest times, in the darkness,
may we feel embraced, cherished and loved;
enriched by Your renewing love.