In My Thoughts

“On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions.

It is the best refreshment on the journey. It is the greatest property.”

~Buddha

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I had something completely different in mind for this post when I woke up this morning.

There is an eventful doctor’s appointment to talk about. And in the hours following, a few pleasant surprises came my way. My heart longs to share those details.

But something else happened in the hours following, something that led my heart to share something different.

Fellow citizens lost their lives near Oklahoma City, when the unfathomable forces of nature bore down on them, as they innocently went about the ordinary of every day. People who woke up in the morning with the innocuous expectation of going home to those they love after a day well spent. Some will never return home again. And some stand, devastated, where their home once stood. And then there are those left behind, who will never again hold in their arms, in this life, a friend, colleague, neighbor or loved one.

I heard about a man found deceased on a sidewalk. A young mother cradling her infant son, both of them gone. A school obliterated, third graders and others found drowned beneath the rubble. Drowned. In water. But how? How can it be? I can’t comprehend it. But they keep saying exactly that as I flip between rival news networks.

I have begun to hear the usual words get tossed about. The kind of words people say to make sense of things like this, the kind of words meant to usher peace into an aching heart.  They have gone to a better place. God needed them more. There is a greater plan for them. I understand the emotions at work. But why?

Why God?

Why now?

And why like this?

I breathe deep. I feel love rush into my heart. I am so thankful for my life. And I know, now more than ever, that faith and trust are needed when they are tested most.

My thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

May lots of love and countless prayers lift you up, now and always.

 
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