I have long been thinking about the tremendous burdens we are exposed to. Cancers, illnesses, tragedies. It is too much sorrow to take in. It's impossible to feel the appropriate amount of loss or sorrow for each case. And that's okay. Really.
This morning I read a post by Dr. David Murray, it said exactly what I've been trying to articulate. Read it here. So many are on sorrow overload. I want to add my two cents from a mom's perspective. A mom of a disabled baby.
Maybe you've been there. Perhaps you've just read about the latest development in somebody's life. Maybe it was the Diagnosis post I wrote.
If you're anything like me, you feel guilt. You feel guilty that you can go on with your life while others suffer in pain. You feel guilty for taking your healthy child for granted. You feel like if you don't thank God every day for keeping your child cancer free then you are not truly grateful.
I think you are carrying unnecessary burdens. Yes, live a life of thankfulness. Realize your blessings. But don't forget to live the life God has given you. Live it fully.
It's okay for you to go on with your life. It's okay for you to continue drinking your morning coffee. It's okay for you to enjoy it. It's okay for you to hug your children tight and thank God for his blessing. It's more than okay, it's good!
And while you live it, yes, please do remember us. How do you balance it? Well, when we come to mind, pray for us. When you have time and want to help, please do. Show compassion, love, mercy.
I think God does sometimes place specific burdens for families on specific people. One friend told me about her mother in Mexico that will wake up in the middle of the night with Calvin on her heart. She prays for him constantly. Those are special tastes of God's care for us. But it's simply not expected or realistic for everybody to carry the burden to this degree.
I don't know if this has made a lot of sense, I hope it has. I obviously don't represent all those that you read about with particular needs. It's just a little shout out from where I'm standing.
Now I'm going back to my morning coffee. And I'm enjoying it too.
P.S. I don't mean this flippantly.
P.P.S. I'd love to hear your thoughts.