The world is a place of great beauty. There is pain, there is suffering and there is loss, and all work to isolate and make us feel defeated, maybe even alone.
With my sister’s recent brain tumor diagnosis, I have known suffering and I have known defeat. I have been on a journey of learning how to live between the suffering of Good Friday and the glorious Sunday ascension, to live between the tension; suffering but holding onto hope, believing that God is good but not denying the difficulty of this season. As humans, we don’t know how to live in the middle ground of conflicting thoughts or emotions. But I’ve been learning that we need not choose one side, but we can walk fully in the suffering and fully in the joy of the resurrection and the ascension. Hardship does not need to be downplayed, and joy doesn’t have to be faked.
Yet perhaps the greatest lesson of all has been the truth that great beauty exists amongst the chaos and trenches of life. I have seen how in the face of suffering we are not pushed further away from love, but closer. Because though we all taste loss and sorrow and death, they do not have the final say over us. When over 20 friends were sat alongside us, as my sister was in the operating room, I learnt that community wins. And when $78,220 is raised in 5 hours, I learnt that love wins. But we must all learn the art of taking hold of those hands that are close by that want to hold us; the hands that take us out for coffee on rainy days, long walks when we forget how to breathe, or the friend who listens and holds you when there is nothing left to be said. We must accept that sometimes in life, we do need to hold our hands with others, that we need help. There is always love and hands reaching out, we must learn how to say yes and accept that love.
So even when the flood rises, there is always the beauty of the rainbow to remind us that no calamity will ever overtake us, that we will not perish. Our rainbow is glorious, made of countless faces and names, reminding us that love always wins.
To those suffering and in the trenches – you are never alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
There is always love.
And love wins.