I have got to love a good Charlie Chaplin quote. Especially this one. Nothing is permanent, even though it feels that way. I know that sometimes things are just hard. We struggle, we search, we wonder, we ask, we seek, we ache, we cry, we hope, we love. All things in their won seasons and at their own times. But I try and remember this when I am overwhelmed with adversity.
We find friends in the strangest places. People we never knew were going through the same things are we are. We find hope in their courage and convictions. I know that I have felt so filled with sorrow and pain, that I couldn't bear to face it anymore. It just felt too hopeless. I retreat inside myself and try and center. I go to counseling, I go to church, I talk to friends, I keep trying, even though inside, I am so very broken.
Funny thing is, just when I feel as if I can't walk another step or bear another burden, something happens that gives me the courage to continue on. This morning, I discovered someone who has been through many of the heart aches that I have. This person's strength and testimony brought me hope in my own journey. I felt the spirit fill my heart with peace and I know that at this time, in this moment, all is well.
You never know what those around you might be going through. We profess to try and be Christ-like in our lives, but how many judge one another as "bad" or "good"? How many gossip and talk about someone behind their backs. How many mean things do we say in the course of our daily existence.
I have learned, it doesn't matter if you can trace your roots all the way back to Adam, or if you don't know the name of your maternal Grandfather, we are all Children of God. We are all charged to "love one another."
My prayer today is that we will remember the Saviors wisdom when he said, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone". And the accusers left one by one and did not stay. Then the Savior said to "Go thy way and sin no more". My prayer is that we will stop throwing stones at one another. Stones of anger, hate, unkindness and words. They do destroy. They do cause damage. They destroy hearts and hope and courage. We damage each other so much by the words we choose to speak, by the names we choose to call.
We can also heal the aching by sharing a part of ourselves with others. We can heal by being kind, by showing compassion and love. We can heal the breaking hearts by sharing our own. We can build each other up.
Absolutely nothing is permanent, but I think we can choose to make kindness permanent. We can choose to give a smile, or share a tear. We can choose to help one another.