January 28, 2019
St. Thomas Aquinas
Joy, Pain, Acceptance
Sing joyfully to the [uc]Lord[/uc], all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
My son had complained of aching knees for a while until finally he said he thought it merited a trip to the doctor. So X-rays were taken, the doctor twisted and turned my son's limbs and finally announced, "Hypermobility." His very flexible tissues, tendons and muscles ached from the strain of doing their job. There was no fix. He'd just have to live with it.
And I thought, how much of life is made of this--the reality of accepting limitations and pain? Some wounds and hurts can be healed, but some, indeed, we must endure. And what does acceptance mean for a person of faith? Perhaps not just to put up with it, but even in the midst of a life that's different than we'd hoped, to somehow dig deep and still rise in the morning, ready to give praise.
Lord, I praise you today in the midst of joy and pain.
- Amy Welborn
Hebrews 9:15, 24-28|Psalm 98:1-6|Mark 3:22-30