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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Forsaken

In the post from Monday, I responded to news of Nathan Gentry's death. For the most part, the post is a manifestation of my profound sadness and my feelings of helplessness. It is a heartbreaking, "Why?"

My friend Matt replied to the post with a similar expression of suffering. Laced within our responses were some serious questions that I will reply to briefly in the comments of that post. But I think it is fair to say, in the end of the day we are giving voice to same human response to Nathan's suffering and dying.

I reenact Job's challenge to God, "Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?" Job 10:3. I recall Jesus', "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Mark 15:34. Everything I write is nothing more than a mournful version of Whitman's "barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world." Song of Myself (stanza 52)

I simply cannot give expression to such deep sorrow.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Darkness, Revelation, Resurrection & Weakness


Sometimes the world is filled with such utter darkness and sadness that it is difficult to lift your head and take a breath. On the island of Patmos, John was writing in a time of such darkness. To me, his revelation is an honest and hopeful one. A revelation that even through unimaginable suffering, the faith can prevail. Even if the time of prevailing is a forever a way. Likewise, the resurrection, whatever it means, is a reminder of our resilience. It is a reminder of the beauty and power of the human experience. It is a reminder of death's limitations. And perhaps its greatest relevance is when we are at our weakest.