A friend is experiencing her father’s struggle with cancer. There are all the treatments and the hopes of a healing. Then a few nights ago I received a text message and the deep presence of the impending loss of dad. An exchange ensued, which if you reflect upon it, is each of our journeys with loss, change, and the unknown.
“I need prayers for my dad, please!”
“Thanks, bad news.”
JC: Yes and trust
JC: Yes and it’s really hard and it’s supposed to be
“Doesn’t make it easier to see the suffering. My pain is irrelevant. My dad lived a good life. He deserves much better.”
JC: All pain is relevant
“He suffers. It is enough. Like Jesus.”
JC: Yes like Jesus
“But he is better than us all. And I am only human.”
JC: He understands
“I understand. The reality still hurts. You understand.”
JC: Yep and you will in time.
“I don’t’ know. All I know is hurt now.”
JC: Then hurt
JC: Then you are present
“I’m in an emotional crisis. I thank you for your prayers. They mean a lot to me.”
JC: Goodnight and peace
Everyone suffers from time-to-time, as it is part of the human condition. Pain and loss are their own teachers. If you trust, then the process of suffering will introduce you to new gifts of discovery and growth. Please don’t cheat yourself out of this and be gentle and patient with yourself within the shudders of the unknown. Loss is supposed to hurt… and you hurt to heal. In a profound way, it is for you.