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