The news today is filled with accounts of terror and violence. Nothing gets our attention quite like loss and tragedy. Hurt stretches us, pushes us to grow, to develop new levels of ourselves. We have many lessons to learn in life, and each one is generally punctuated with an experience of pain.
What we find, however, as we look deeper within, is that our rage, our fears do not stay forever. Rage turns into sorrow, sorrow turns into tears, tears that may fall for a long time, but then the sun comes out. The armoring around our pain gradually softens, and in the midst of our grieving the pain finally finds release. It is at this point that we discover that our hearts can grow strong in the broken places.
In our issue-oriented world, we think the enemy is outside, and we must struggle against those who are outside our group, our party. When we seek to strike back and blame, we distract ourselves from an exquisite opportunity to pay attention, to see, even in the pain, a place of grace, a moment of spiritual promise and healing.
Finally, we are called to seek wholeness inside ourselves and to be agents for peace. When we are growing toward wholeness, we will be a source of life for the world around us. Perhaps a deeper understanding of this is what we came here to discover.