holding

Here’s something I read today by David Benner. I’m really struck by this.

“It’s so hard for many of us to encounter things we can’t fix. That’s the trouble with living in a broken world. There is so much that we simply can’t fix – in ourselves, in others, in the world.

The problems are simply too vast and our solutions are, at best, half-vast. Welcome to God’s world. But note how God seems to relate to these vast problems. God’s response seems to be to come along side those who are suffering and hold their pain, not eliminate it. Perhaps there’s a lesson in that for fixers.

Perhaps it’s an invitation to stand with God in holding things that we can’t fix. But, this is where the real miracle enters this process – in that holding we become shaped in the image of Compassion. Maybe that’s the ultimate point of the encounter with unfixable realities.”

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