Support through the Struggle

This week more has become clear about the plane crash in Europe, apparently the man responsible was dealing with some personal things and mental health issues, and as a result chose to not only kill himself but take 149 other people with him as well. I can understand wanting to be rid of the world, especially if your body and/or mind is really at war with you. I can understand not wanting to suffer through years of debilitating illnesses, or not being able to deal with the weight of the darkness around you. There is evil in the world, there are thousands of reasons for your body’s chemistry to get messed up or your mind to get lines crossed. But what I can’t understand is being insensitive enough to take others with you.

This week is a journey in the Church from pain to healing with Good Friday and Easter. We recognize that in this imperfect world that we live in there will be pain and suffering, at least until Jesus comes back again. For now we’re given the promise of the resurrection, and that has to be enough to get us through and remind us of what Jesus really taught while on earth: loving each other.

With as big of a figure and leader as Jesus was He could have done or said anything, but He chose to teach about love. He chose to accept and love those that others saw as unlovable and unacceptable. Jesus chose not to cause suffering and spread hate, but to spread joy and peace.

It’s not unacceptable or wrong to struggle, that’s not my point at all, in fact it’s natural and we all deal with it at one point in time or another (or more than once).  If you are dealing with darkness it’s important to get help and counsel before making any really big decisions. And it’s important for those of us who aren’t struggling to not judge those who are because we’ve all been there or will be there.

What will be your choice this week? Will you choose to spread love and support or isolate with anger and narrow-minded views?

“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.” Charlie Chaplin

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