Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why?

Suffering. The world seems filled with it right now. Neighbors. Co-workers. People at church. Individuals panhandling on the side of the road. Folks dealing with illnesses. Men and women struggling with addictions. The question inevitably comes: Why?

When I was younger, I gamely tried to answer…to fix. But now, it’s better to listen and to journey alongside. Sometimes we remind that we have a Savior that also suffered. But still the question arises: Why?

Maybe singer songwriter David Wilcox has some insight in his song “Show the Way” from his 1994 Big Horizon album:

Look, if someone wrote a play just to glorify
What's stronger than hate, would they not arrange the stage
To look as if the hero came too late he's almost in defeat
It's looking like the Evil side will win, so on the Edge
Of every seat, from the moment that the whole thing begins

It is…Love who makes the mortar
And it's love who stacked these stones
And it's love who made the stage here
Although it looks like we're alone
In this scene set in shadows
Like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us
But it's love that wrote the play...For in this
darkness love can show
the way

David Wilcox, "Show the Way"

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