Sunday, March 20, 2011
Sacred Life Sunday: The Challenge Everyone Wants to Have
It is indeed a challenge to receive the good that is brought your way (at least for me) with everything else that is going on in the world. A part of me wants to mourn and just stay mourning, in honor of:
(1) All of the people at Virginia Mason Hospital who didn't get "good news", unlike me,
(2) Everything happening in Japan right now,
(3) People suffering all over the world,
(4) A friend of mine who is currently suffering with depression,
(5) Another friend of mine who struggles with chronic health problems that have been treated but continue to persist,
(5) My best friend Chani who died a year ago today,
(6) The sex trafficking that continues, while IJM works hard to combat it (my stepdaughter is working in the Philippines as a missionary to combat this, and dealing with inconveniences, discomfort, and physical isolation from her family and friends),
(7) Bullies who seem to "win" even though they really don't while but the strife they create endures,
(8) The many people who don't have jobs,
It is tempting to think, "I don't believe it" or "There must be a catch" or "I don't deserve this" or "This happens to other people but not to me". I have thought all of these things in the last few days.
Still, it is important to me receive. Accept. The good, the bad. All of it. Today, I am struggling to let the good in. To celebrate. I know that it's the best challenge of all. It's the one everyone wants, and I want it too.
It is a Sacred Sunday. Today I am wishing you the grace to receive the good, despite all of the suffering in our world, and even in your life. I am wishing you peace, joy, and acceptance of all of it--and most of all, innumerable lessons in surmounting the challenge of receiving the good.