My friend Rhonda Warren, said something in her Christmas letter that I thought was exceptionally fine. I quote:
The thing that seems most pressing to talk about today is how to respond to what happened yesterday in Connecticut. How do we live with such a tragedy?
My thoughts today hinge on the idea that if God is all there is, if God is love, and if love is all there is, then everything else is not real. I know, I know. The bills on the desk waiting to be paid, a nagging health issue, or, sadly, the deaths in Connecticut seem very, very real. In the context of our earthly existence, they are real.
In the context of our spiritual existence, though, are they more like events in the acts of a play? Are we actors and actresses living out meaningful events that will teach us and help us to grow? Although the analogy is hardly perfect, thinking this way helps me to feel without falling apart, to work to understand, and to move forward with faith. Does this help you?
I choose to believe that we do have a Director, that we have a loving God, and our purpose...in any and all roles we play, in any drama or comedy we find ourselves in...is to love. So the answer, then, in every situation and in every relationship, is to love. I can live with that. In fact, I can live with that joyfully, while praying continually for the capacity and strength to simply do it.