Saturday, June 17, 2017

Just A Little Bit's Enough

…and I thought to myself, “you will never understand…”

Oh, wait…that’s actually right: “There is no one who understands.”

You simply cannot know another’s pain. But you can remain fully present with them in the midst of their pain. Just be there. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask…and yet it seems to be the most difficult thing for us to do: To be completely quiet…to be fully present…to wholly, unconditionally love. I wish I wasn’t guilty of not doing, and being, this. But alas, neither I, nor you, are the exemption to “there is no one who is righteous…not even one.”

Where is faith after you’ve been broken?

Where is hope after you’ve been shattered?

Where is love after it’s been lost?

“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

And there is faith…

Therein lies hope…

Resurrection means we can live…and love…but it doesn’t mean it will be the same as before. This isn’t restoration. It is redemption. When you are resurrected, you are still dead. “The one who believes in me, even though they are dead, yet shall they live.” The scars and the wounds will always be there to prove it. Jesus doesn’t take away our scars and our wounds, just as he doesn’t take away his own. Instead, “by his wounds we are healed.” And by our scars we are changed.

But what then about love?

I think Pink is really close:

“Just give me a reason, just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

It's in the stars, it's been written in the scars on our hearts
We're not broken just bent, and we can learn to love again.”

But…what if we are broken, and not just ‘bent’?

Bends are made right by repentance. We learn to love again.

Brokenness is made whole by resurrection. We learn to love anew.

Lord, may we learn to love anew, resurrected in the power of the Spirit of Pentecost. “Just a little bit’s enough.” May it be poured out on and in and through our lives for the sake of each other. May your presence be present with each of us, so that we might be fully present with each other in your presence. Amen.