We live in a hurting and broken world. But amidst this hurting and broken world are moments of love, joy and peace. Life is good, life is grand if you allow yourself to experience it in its entirety; and observe and be still.
What drives your sense of being? When do you feel full? What moments in your life were defining for you? Could it be moments that you experience deep love and joy?
I use to think that love could only be experienced when the moments were just perfect. Happiness is present, joy is present, and everything seems like perfection.
Over the past years, our family has had their share of pain, suffering and hurting. There were moments where I stood back and pinched myself, and asked, “Is this for real??” But I will tell you this much, in those moments I felt the deepest unconditional love that one could ever experience.
- A fractured C1, in an 8lb halo, observing my children laughing in the household, my husband holding it together, my parents unsure of what is next for their daughter, my brother calling and checking in, my in-laws travelling to see us and show that they care, feeling so thankful and much gratitude for my beautiful messy life. I had a second chance and was fully alive.
- My father in law and my mom both going through health issues that were unbelievable, moments where you wondered if they would live a normal life. Two moments I recall in my mind, the day I shaved my mom’s hair for the first time, trying to be strong and at the same time feeling like a child. My mother, so beautiful, so strong, always there for me. Smiling as I glanced at my mom, and told her how beautiful she was. I was in complete and utter adoration. Another moment, heading to see my mother in law in another city. She was trying to keep everything together, trying to be strong, and at the same time shed a smile for me as we heated up a nice Ukrainian meal for her and one to take to my father in law in the hospital. I made her laugh in the pain. She was so appreciative, and felt so loved, and so was my father in law. He was overjoyed with us coming to see him, not so much the meal but coming and really being there. I remember thinking, I love these people so much and was so thankful to be able to help in some small way. Unconditional love.
These were moments that made time stand still. My discovery – there is purpose in pain, and love shines through. There can be moments where we feel complete loss, but at the same time, love shines through. People come together to help, to contribute, and to show how much they care. Unconditional love, expecting nothing in return.
With the recent events in Paris we all are in tune to what is happening. A beautiful friend of mine is currently in France. The first person I thought of when all of the events happened was her. She was recently married, and I wondered where they were. After connecting, I was reassured she is healthy and good. She gave me a picture of her experience in the pain. She has exposed me to a wonderful perspective of purpose in pain:
My favorite part of the news coverage is the words of survivors, because it’s actual quite balanced, revealing all aspects of the situation, not hateful. Many survivors are saying such wonderful things. Yes it was a horror. But they talk about the love, watching people protect their loved ones, the kindness of strangers in helping them escape or hide, and the kindness of strangers in consoling them. But the most comforting statements of all are about watching people cradle their loved ones as they lay injured/dying, and noting these last conversations were all about love, and the people they loved most. I love the thought that people’s last thoughts as they suffered were not in fact of the terrorists, were not hateful – but instead positive in that people were thinking of their loved ones. No, it may not be happiness they were feeling, but it was love. Such a beautiful thought that in some way, its proof that in those last moments, love won out over hate.
Love Wins my friends, love shows through the pain, and the adoration we feel for one another is amplified. No matter what happens, we can choose our response. Love Wins.
Dear Lord God,
Thank-you for this perspective today, I am rest assured that the happiness and pain bring love. Love always shines through, and love wins God. Today I am still, and observe Your great works in the pain. No one can overcome this. I pray for those family going through difficulty, illness, or loss right now, help bring them purpose in the pain. I pray for your love to erode their lives in actions and the reactions of others. Through this, we will reign. I pray for this in Jesus Name Amen.
May you be blessed today my friend, Be Still and Know that He is God and that His Love will always overcome.