R. Scott Peck declared truths in short order in two of his books: LIFE IS DIFFICULT; LIFE IS COMPLEX.
Narrative of same is at times overwhelming—the shooting in the California High School, with two students killed, the shooter in grave condition with a self-inflicted revolver shot, using the last bullet. For so many it is the “last bullet.”
I remember Bill Coffin once declared, “Watch it! Don’t turn the other cheek so as not to see the evil.”
With that…you can footnote, but I want to get personal…My wife, Diane, has a new diagnosis of “severe stenosis,” in the neck, which requires consultation with a neuro-surgeon. Our South Central Conference Minister, Dr. Donald Longbottom, shared that he has been diagnosed with a melanoma, our English Cocker Faith lives as if nothing’s wrong. We refuse to tell her about the cantaloupe-size tumor.
The raging fires of political contempt…racing back and forth across the aisle in the congress. Bam, bam, bam.
Some ask me, “So, what?”
Well, I’ll share it’s more than that. It’s not simply reality and we are to “get over it.”
I won’t! I ask for prayers…especially for Diane and Dr. Don and our Faith. It’s also the case that Dr. Don’s dog has cancer. Prayers that God is present as a comforting and healing Spirit.
No less, I more than value friendships…some new, some as old as I…that friends make a difference. Don’t neglect them. Embrace them in word and deed, knowing that living alone in spirit and truth…is the worst lament. Yes, it is.
And make sure…that in our own life…our very own individual self…we have open hands and not closed fists, we have caring hearts that refuse to harden, and we never close down on God.
For I believe that God never closes down on us. No matter. No matter what. No matter where. No matter when.
God is! And so am I! And so are you!
As I take the bread and wine this Sunday, I’ll ask God to not give up on us…that’s a safe prayer, for sure.
I’ll ask God to help me be an instrument of peace, no matter the difficulties and/or complexities of life.
God? Be with us! Amen!