Over the past several days I have witnessed the horrific images of yet another devastating natural disaster. My heart cries out for the Japanese, so many still suffering and living in fear of the potential for more tragedy.
A friend of mine called me Saturday on her way to take her child to the ER. As someone who is already living in the midst of other saddening news, I prayed and ached for her.
Not without hope we suffer and we mourn.
And so I have been pondering suffering today. Imagining the possibilities which lie beyond current circumstances. We tend to ask ourselves a resounding "Why?" or "Why me?" . But what if we could be assured that with suffering comes great fruit; and giving ourselves over to experiencing pain means also opening ourselves up to great love and joy.
I know I try to avoid pain at all cost, mostly by numbing it. But what if I am also numbing myself to joy at the same time? As Theodore Roosevelt states, maybe I am settling for a gray twilight that knows no victory or defeat.
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
So do you embrace uncertainty and adversity as it comes?
How do you dare mighty things in your life?
and let me whisper... not without hope...
image: heather spriggs thompson for gathering spriggs