Farther In And Farther Up

Life can be very hard.  There is no getting around it.  Bad stuff happens in this fallen world. We lose people we love. Our children can be lost to alcohol or drugs or some other destroyer.  Healing does not always manifest.   None of us can avoid pain.  First, it appears to us as an enemy.  We try to run from it, deny it, leave it behind.  There are those who have been running all their lives from the hard truths pain brings to us.   In the last 3 years of my life, all my best wisdom did not stop me from experiencing divorce.  It may help some to cast blame.  I found surrender to be of more use to me than defense.  There are usually no quick fixes.  People are not always healed.  Love comes to us eventually though.  We are given a choice to surrender to its wisdom.  I found that acceptance is the first step back to healing.  Acceptance.  After that, we can choose to learn to admit our failings.  When I accept my shortcomings, confess them, even embrace them, I have moved back into the land of sanity. We will never arrive at perfection.  Grace becomes our biggest gift.  Undeserved, and free.  C.S. Lewis used the term, “farther in and farther up”.  He gave us a treasure in this phrase.  This journey is eternal.  When we belong to Love, we recognize His voice.  No matter what language we use.  When trust has been born again in our hearts, we are reborn.

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow Love;  where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;  and where there is sadness, joy.

Happy Easter to you…all year long! Dorsey

6 thoughts on “Farther In And Farther Up”

  1. Jacqueline Grant

    Dorsey (and Susan!) you bless me!
    Thank you for this beautiful post and always beautiful art that stirs my soul to Love.
    Happy Easter!
    Jacqueline
    Nashville

  2. Happy Easter Dorsey & Susan. I hope you both are well.

    Very well written and a joy to read and look at that wonderful piece of art. I am going to share this with those close to me this Passover and Easter Weekend.

    Thank you very much.

  3. Happy Easter to you Dorsey, I’m sorry to hear of your pain with divorce, but it sounds like you’re on the road to recovery. Life has a way of knocking us flat sometimes, and at the time we just don’t understand it until years go by, then we can have a better understanding of why things happened.
    I enjoy your work, I hope it makes you happy

  4. Thank you for this honest truth Dorsey. Much love to you and blessings on this day of “just as He said.” It is all true. Happy Easter.

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