We made it to Friday, friends. Is anyone else as relieved as I am?
This week was so long, so heavy, and yet I know my heaviness is but light to those who are really in the thick of it, sitting paralyzed in the darkness and wondering if there’s a way out. I pray the light is finding them today, even if just a ray or two. A sliver of light is the promise that there is more, a flood of sun on the other side of the barrier.
I am immensely thankful for that sliver of light today.
I hope you’re continuing to pray for my friend Diana and her family as they grieve the tragic loss of precious Kaden Isaiah, who passed away Monday on his three-week birthday. I hope you will remember them as you go through your days, hold your loved ones close, and take notice of the good gifts that flank you on every side. Right now, to me, the loss of Kaden feels akin to the way CS Lewis decribes the death of his wife in the book A Grief Observed – “[it] is like the sky, spread over everything.” I never even knew the sweet boy. But isn’t that what death does? It spreads a heavy blanket over everything, making it hard to move about as normal.
I don’t have much else to say today – or, rather, I don’t know how to say it – so I’ll go to one of my usual sources and let her say it for me.
This is from Anne Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow, from the section entitled “Help”:
“Death will not be the end of the story. [...]
“Human lives are hard, even those of health and privilege, and don’t make much sense. This is the message of the Book of Job: Any snappy explanation of suffering you can come up with will be horseshit. God tells Job, who wants an explanation for all his troubles, ‘You wouldn’t understand.’ [...]
“But where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are. We find God in our human lives, and that includes the suffering. I get thirsty people glasses of water, even if that thirsty person is just me.”
Pour yourself a glass of water, friends, and take a long, cold drink. Then do the same for someone else.
See you next week.