Things felt really heavy today. I woke up to a text telling me that my beloved Nana Joy fell on the sidewalk, shattered her knee and broke her elbow and is currently waiting in the hospital to hear about surgery. I then checked my Facebook and found out a beautiful lady I went to college with has breast cancer and it has spread to her back; she’s 29. And as I drove to work, I saw the wreckage of an incredibly bad car accident and firemen were pulling people from the car.
And as I continued to drive past the car accident, I began to cry. My heart aches for these things going on in the world. And I think it is healthy to mourn and to feel heavy over these things. My natural response is sadness for the state of the world and for the fact that things are not as they are meant to be. And I think I respond this way because deep down, I know we were created for so much more, for eternal life. Not for death or old age, cancer or being driven out of your home country.
And even though I mourn, even though I completely understand and feel it in in my bones the brokenness of each of every one of us and this world, these things even more then that push me to believe in a God who is with us in it - who is suffering with us. That he isn’t just watching and letting these things happen but that he is in the brokenness. He is with those who are dying, he’s with my grandmother who is alone and widowed, broken bones. And I believe that God mourns with us in that.
Because he created us for so much more, for full life, for true life, for wholeness and I believe that Jesus died and is dying with us. But the hope and the truth is, Jesus was resurrected and is at the right hand of God and that that is a possibility for all of us – for the Syrian family who’s lost everything, for the tortured souls, for the homeless person, for the single refugee mother, for the rich banker, for the orphans and for me.
And I believe and have to believe, in the midst of all of these things, that Christ lives and that there is hope for something so much more. And that to cry for these things and to not turn from them, to mourn for these things and to not ignore them is a tiny part of living this full life on earth. Amen.