The Chicago Blackhawks, my favorite professional team playing my favorite sport — hockey — act like human beings, lose badly, and I get pissed off at them.
Rioters and protesters shut down a political event in the city of Chicago and I get all bent out of shape.
A man attempts to launch an assault on Donald Trump at one of his rallies and we see a vulnerable, human side of him. And ponder along with him whether the run for the White House is worth the sizable risk.
An infant girl dies. A father posts the horribly sad details and share a family photo. Amidst the heartbreaking sadness, there is a beauty in all of it… truly a peace that passes all understanding.
Hear me talk about all of it:
These are the events that occur in a period of 15 or 16 hours of my life. And I slept for seven of those hours!
All the events tie together. They are all part of this grand human experience. There’s a reason for everything.
And there’s an inevitability that we will experience pain, suffering, heartbreak, anger, annoyance, sadness.
It’s because we are human, imperfect, and finite.
It’s all a metaphor for Lent.
We are brought into this world. As Christians, we have a role to play in the world. As humans, we experience an imperfect existence. We will endure hardship of one sort or another. We will suffer. Our hearts will be broken, because we are loving creatures. And we will die.
Because we are imperfect. Because the world is imperfect. Because the real call… the true call… is to become holy as Jesus is holy so that we can enter heaven.
Remember, the one who dies with the most dies doesn’t win. It’s the person who dies with a heart full of love who wins.
The suffering perfects us. Like iron strengthens iron, suffering strengthens the human spirit.
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davekwiecinski
I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.