This reflection is a part of a month-long series titled, 30 Days of Healing, as we seek to be instruments of peace and change.
If I learned anything during my trips around the sun, it is this: God loves us unconditionally and everybody hurts.
If we can own God’s love for us, despite our hurt, our mistakes, and our wounds, we can ground ourselves in a place of grace and peace.
From here we can approach others with compassion. We meet their hurt as wounded people ourselves. In a divided world, it is in our wounds that we find middle ground.
Instead of finding success in strength and status, we encounter God on our knees. It is in the crosses that we bear where our perspective changes, where our Ego vanishes, and where stranger becomes neighbor.
We avoid pain, as we should. But when it arrives, as it inevitably does, an invitation is tucked away underneath the trauma and the tears. It is a pathway toward a deeper knowing. A grace to encounter the divine.
There is enough to divide us. But what unites us is our hurt- let’s find God there together.