I have been feeling sad for the past few days from all the bad news I have been getting. It really broke my heart to hear all these things happening to people I know and care. Suffering is one of those things in life that none of us have control of. Like a hurricane it descend upon our lives and create havoc and devastation.
In some strange ways, I am grateful for this feeling of sadness. It reminds me that I am human and is still capable of compassion. Woe to me the day when I stop caring about people around me!
I also feel angry, because there are so many people I know who are busy picking out the lint from their belly buttons that they forget to look up and see the world that is beyond their navels !! They are so obsessed with seeking their own justice and so-called righteousness that they fail to realize what true human miseries are !
I also feel helpless in my sadness. As a parent, I have some inkling to the feelings of my friends. There is nothing I can do to help them “fix” their problems. The only thing I can do is go down on my knees and intercede on their behalf. Only God can make things happen !
I heard these wise words from a priest at a funeral mass last week, he consoled the family and said ” we are sad, but we have hope”. Inevitable as is, it is only in our sadness that we appreciate the hope we have. A hope that is so glorious and cannot be taken away.
During the saddest time in my life, Jesus’ words had sustained me:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ( John 16:33)
This verse was my lifeline and the safety buoy which helped me stayed afloat as I treaded through the troubled stormy waters. It helped me survived the worst of times. I pray that this verse will also help my friends as they navigate through their storms.
Yes we have sadness in our lives, but we also have Hope.