cried out, “I am slipping!”
but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:18-19
A Word of Hope
“When Life Breaks”
I write this from a plane as I’m headed on vacation. I’m at 30,000 feet and the latch just broke on the overhead compartment. I’m the one who last opened the latch in order to get my laptop out so that I could write this article. The flight attendant is not happy.
Life happens. We are doing our thing and the unexpected occurs. Things break and it is merely annoying. Then there are times when even the minor irritations of life start to build up and we may reach a breaking point. Sometimes the brokenness seems more than we can bear. Life can overwhelm us.
Who knew that a broken lock on the front door of our home or a dead battery in the old car could be what triggers a crisis? Maybe it is a “budget shot—no extra money in the emergency fund—credit cards maxed-out” sort of crisis. When finances are involved we can forget that it could be worse. It could be our very life.
Perhaps it is an unexpected diagnosis. One minute we thought all was well and there was just an aggravating pain or lump or symptom, and the next minute our physician is making a referral to an oncologist or surgeon. Full stop. Life on hold. Add a new medical term to your vocabulary that ends in “oma” such as melanoma or carcinoma.
There are things in life that even duct tape (my universal fix-it tool) cannot repair. Wounded feelings, broken relationships or shattered hearts take both time and will in order to truly heal.
I am thankful that there are some constants that bring comfort and keep life together: unfailing Love, transcendent Hope, and unconditional Forgiveness. Such is the nature of the Divine whom Jesus revealed. We each have the capacity to live into such gifts and to become them.
Take a breath, ground yourself, and remember the Source of Life and Love itself.
As for the brokenness I just experienced? I asked the flight attendant if she had any duct tape.
Holy One, thank you for the simple gift of air that surrounds and sustains me. When my day becomes challenging, or even overwhelming, may I take a breath and be connected to the sacredness of the life you invite me to live into. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Gary G. Kindley