healing. {reverb10 – day 19}


What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip
evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?


To say that I was healed in 2010, by anything, would first mean that I had to have been hurt, or broken, or sick. And I was a little of each at numerous times, I suppose. But not in any significant way. Not in any way that was overwhelming or devastating or catastrophic. Just in the day to day way of life, where these things happen sometimes. In that respect, I’d have to say it was a pretty good year.

There have been other years when I needed healing, other years when the hurt, or the broken, or the sick were the themes in my life. But fortunately for me, 2010 was not one of them.

This is something I am profoundly grateful for. Something that I can appreciate in a way that, five years ago, I wouldn’t have. Five years ago, I would have taken a year like this for granted and gone out to celebrate on New Year’s Eve expecting another one just like it.

Now I know better. I know that nothing is forever, the good luck or the bad luck, the joy or the sadness, the war or the peace.

Life is ever-changing. Sometimes faster than we can keep up with. We have no idea what is around the next bend in the road.

Oh, we pretend we do sometimes, we make plans and set goals and unfurl long lists with things we have to do along the way to get there. There. To where we think we are going.

Only life has a way of laughing at those plans. Of throwing herds of cattle and oil slicks and thunderstorms and a whole host of other obstacles in our way. Things that alter our plans, minute by minute.

And so, we adapt. We stop and wait for the cows to pass. We pull ourselves back out of the ditch we ended up in. We sit there and watch the tree that got struck by lighting burn, and we weep.

We go on. That is life. That is healing.

We have hope. Hope allows us to leave open the possibility for change. Within ourselves and within others. Hope allows healing to happen.

It doesn’t really fix anything at all, this hope.

It just opens the door to let new things walk in, after the broken, or the hurt, or the sick, walk out.

And fortunately in 2010, my door was wide open.

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