Sometimes there just really are no words. I look around and see such good people, such wonderful people, struggling. Maybe they are ill. Maybe they have financial challenges that are crippling their family. Maybe they are going through a divorce. Maybe their spouse is in the military and is deployed, or they are all trying to deal with the adjustment that happens when he or she returns home a different person than when they left.
All of us have struggles, from the small baby who struggles to get into crawling and sitting and upright, to the inner struggles of the teenager learning to be the king of his own kingdom to adults who may struggle with depression or addiction.
And yet, we can see the glimmers of beauty. The smile of a child. The simple meal on a simple table. Having a new to you coat to wear for the winter. A beautiful star in a winter sky.
My middle child is a master of this. She notices the most tiny detail of beauty and never fails to remark upon it. Look, mama, how beautiful! And to myself, I think, slow down because my Creator is saying, look, I put this here for you to see, to notice, to have it all sink into your skin, into your bones.
A good lesson for me…and.in the midst of all of this challenge and struggle, I pray. I look for beauty. And I wait to be awed by the good things, the things that pop up when I least expect it, the miracles that do happen.
When things happen to me, I often take a breath and gently say, “May it be blessed.” May it be blessed anyway! It is not my plan, it is hard to watch, I feel so sad people I know are going through things, what can I do to help them, what will happen?
And yet, may it be blessed. May there be a glimmer of goodness, of grace, of love, somewhere in all of this.
Be blessed today and every day,