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how to keep living in this broken world

There’s a sadness weighing the world today… the ache of rain-drenched branches bending low, reaching for this muddy earth, reaching for me, maybe reaching for you. I walk beneath the weeping willow, stretch my face toward their whipping, grasping claws, the rain hitting full on my face.

How do you give thanks here, in this place, where the darkness presses in, where life beats angry against your already broken spirit? How do you peer through the cracked walls of your heart hoping for the storm to abate, just for a while?

I’m asking these questions for myself, for others, especially for the family whose little boy was killed in a farming accident this past weekend because how do you carry on in a world filled with so much sorrow?

But then I see you.

I see the way you cling white-knuckled to joy when it comes past, how you count with ferocious tenacity each and every blessing, how you smile sometimes tired smiles but you smile all the same and I want to be there with you, stand next to you and beat back the darkness with His light… because you’ve taught me this: hope is found in the recognizing each and every God moment.

Maybe all these years I’ve got it wrong.

Maybe hope isn’t a light shining into the cracked walls of our hearts but instead, it’s a light shining out, this flame lit by a faith in a God who works all things together for good.

And when my faith grows weak and the sadness presses in, I can look toward you, toward the Light you exude and together we will walk, together we will love, together we will live and breathe and hope for a better tomorrow.

And maybe the next day, you’ll need to look towards me.

“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends and His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness.”

 Lamentations 3:21-23, NLT

Our prayers are with the family of Rylan Decker. Hold to the God moments. Hold white-knuckled to every blessing. Hope and faith are a beautiful thing and it’s okay to lean on others for these during this difficult time. Thinking of you.

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