When the World Aches
Long lay the world in sin and error pining....
Yesterday as the world fell apart over a loss in Connecticut too horrible to ever believe.... I drove to the ICU at Seton Hospital in Texas.
One of my very closest friends had a stroke... she is 34. She is in the midst of walking through a divorce with three young children. It seems that brokenness breaks everything all at once sometimes.
There are days that the entire world pines... We all hurt for heaven yesterday. And I couldn’t shake it today... I woke up with a physical ache to be done here.
But today in the midst of the ache and ICU my son turned 13 years old.
After leaving the hospital together he and I pulled up to the mall to pick up his gift from us and he said "Mom, this seems silly. We don’t have to go to get my present right now.... it doesn’t seem very fun or important does it?”
And for a minute the ache let up.... my son was 13 and healthy and compassionate and way too handsome for his own good and we were going to get him a fun shallow present that didn’t matter but did to him. It felt exactly fun and important.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
We get glimpses of hope, a few glorious morns.... just enough to make us hurt for heaven and to believe there is more.
In His Name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Will you pray with me for my dear friend Sarah, still in ICU?
What is your ache today?