Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Post: "The Pain of Now"

When the pain comes again, what will you do?

It seems inevitable,
that the peace and joy of life
are interrupted once again by painful circumstances.
We hold ourselves together through the darkest periods,
by telling ourselves:
'hold-on just a little longer,
for this too shall pass'.
But sometimes... it doesn't.

I find this occurs most
when the meaning of my life has become foggy,
and when hope seems almost like a distant memory.
It is the times in life when my "life's purpose",
is overwhelmed by the "tasks of now".

Losing hope when we struggle
may add to the pain we already experience.
We see no end to the realities of this life,
and nothing we do can give us lasting relief.

“There are wounds that never show on the body
that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”

For those who are incarcerated, addicted, or abused,
including the ones who are soldiers, slaves, or oppressed,
the end of their pain comes only at death,
and they look on that day with joyful anticipation.
Sadly, it may be their only hope.

We awake day-after-day, and nothing changes.

One could see this repetition and say:
'All life is pain,
with brief moments of relief that confuse us,
making us think for just a moment
that something else is possible.'
If true, the question becomes not,
'when will the pain end?',
but instead, 'what will I do in my pain, now?'

If you pain will continue, with no end in site...
how might you use it?

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

Would you write music that shares the experience of your pain?
Could you create stories, or poetry, or some other art,
that allows people to connect together in their struggles?

“Pain insists upon being attended to.
God whispers to us in our pleasures,
speaks in our consciences,
but shouts in our pains.
It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

If you believe in God, yet believe He has left you,
to fight through life's battles all alone,
then consider this…
perhaps He has invited you to something new:
to share what you know with others,
in a new way that might help someone
through their toughest moments in life.

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