Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Whole {Breathe}

Thinking about a friend this morning who lost a sweet baby boy a handful of years ago.  Thinking about a friend who is filled with joy at being pregnant but totally terrified after losing her first little one to miscarriage.  Thinking about a younger friend who's husband is battling cancer and who's child struggles with special needs.  Thinking about many other brave friends on this really difficult path toward wholeness.

How do we become whole?  Through incremental steps during the duration of our time here on earth.

To be whole is:

to weep and rejoice
to know crushing grief and buoyant joy
to know we are made of earth, and in the image of God
to see both saint and sinner within us
to embrace both light and dark
to experience betrayal and the friend-who-sticks-closer-than-a-brother

To be whole...

..is to hold the ripped garment in our hands and in time, risk taking needle and thread to mend it
..it is understanding what it is to be alone and also to be fully known
..it is both fear and expectation at the same time
..it is being empty and totally full,
exhausted and energized,
acquainted with both tears and laughter.
...to claw at the ground and scream "why?"
...to raise hands upward and shout "wow!"

It is all this and every boring moment in between.  Each piece we lean into - not rejecting or denying - adds to the fractional journey of becoming whole.

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