Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013.12.10 When Tragedy Rends the Heart

When tragedy rends hearts there is little else to do but cry, pray anyway, and love without reserve.
This is Riley. She is six years old, in first grade, the daughter of friends of one of our children.  She has brain cancer, a cancer so aggressive and widespread that doctors at Boston Childrens' Hospital have said there is nothing more that can be done. Riley's parents are in shock, their pain almost too much to bear. Their only goal is to keep Riley as free of pain as possible and happy.  They love her to death.

People ask religious, spiritual questions at these times.  Of course we do. We want to know if there is a God who can help change what has happened.  Many conclude that there is no God, only human love.  That is true, but then God IS human love.  I can say by faith and experience that God's love  is limitless and eternal. It is God's power that is limited so we can be fully free. It is not God's love that is limited. In fact the divine heart itself is the first to break open, God's tears the first to fall.

Riley and her family face the likelihood of death. Hope calls for a miracle quite naturally, But whatever happens Riley will not be alone but surrounded by love also, in the words of a hymn:
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling."