IT GOES ON!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

A poet said: “in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

 As I read these three words by the famous poet, I realized that indeed, it is true. In spite of hardship, pain and suffering … In spite of the many difficulties we undergo in our daily lives... No matter how many trials come on our way, life does go on.

 

At times, we go through something so heartbreaking, so unexpectedly painful, that time itself seems to stop and we start to doubt our ability to deal with it. Then we say to ourselves, “I don’t want to feel anymore. I don’t want to go on. I just want everything to stop so I can get my bearing back.” But the world seems unaware of our sorrow.  All around, it’s as if nothing happened and we are left to deal with our hurts all by ourselves.

 

There are, however, blessings in solitude because when we are left with nothing but our true selves, that is when we realize our deepest needs and our greatest blessings.  For we are never really all alone, even when we think we carry our burdens by our lonesome. The reality is, we ourselves are carried in the Lord’s arms. Whether we feel Him or not. He is always faithful to help us in our time of need -- to hold us, to cry with us, to give us His guidance, and to love us through it all.

 

Indeed, life goes on! But it does not mean that it stays the same. Neither does it mean that life leaves us standing in a corner, unchanged as it passes by, we too move on.

 

After we’ve cried, God enables us to look back at our sorrowful experience with wisdom and understanding. We come out changed –- more compassionate, more trusting, more secure in God’s plan for our lives. And because we’ve experienced hurt and what it feels to be weak and helpless, we become stronger.

 

Truly, after the storm comes the rainbow and life goes on. It doesn’t just go on, it becomes more beautiful because God makes it so.

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