The way my mind works is very strange. I think I might have an obsessive personality of sorts. When I am interested in a subject I do my very best to read and learn about said subject as much as possible.
Sometimes its Stockholm Syndrome (see description here).
Sometimes its motherhood.
Sometimes its modern day slavery.
Lately it has been tragedy…more specifically the tragedy of losing a child. I somehow stumbled upon a blogger who lost her son in a tragic accident. I cannot stop reading said blog. And I find myself clicking on links to other bloggers who have similar experiences.
To some this seems morbid and odd. But let me clarify…I don’t find pleasure in reading about another’s pain. In fact, it is the exact opposite. When I read about these situations I can’t help but mourn with these families — I share in their grief.
*Side note* I honestly have not experienced a lot of death in my lifetime. All of my immediate family members are alive and well. I am surrounded by the most wonderful group of people in the world and I am so grateful for them and the fact that I have never had to experience loss or separation from them.
So, why do I read these very sad blogs? Why would anybody want to read about such tragic events?
THESE BLOGGERS INSPIRE ME! To experience what they have and still survive is AMAZING! I love reading this because it shows the strength of the humanity (the Holy Spirit really). We can’t underestimate one another. Within each of us there is strength we could never imagine!
Coldplay (as you all should know) wrote the most beautiful song called FIX YOU. When I hear this song I cannot help but shed a tear…or twenty million. It is the cry of my heart! I long to alleviate other’s pain. To lessen the grief that is weighing them down. I long to show the broken the love of the Father. The love that never fails, that never runs out, that never gives up. I long to fix people…even though I know He is the only one who can truly do the fixing.
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you.
We cannot underestimate the value of community. We NEED each other! We need to carry each other’s burdens. The only way these bloggers have survived was the support of friends and family. We cannot shy away from each other when tragedy strikes, when things are awkward or difficult.
I have learned so much from these bloggers about the value of life. It is precious and it is short and we should cherish each day like it is our last. Because it just might be. The Bible says that life is a vapor. And it is…it begins and ends in the blink of an eye. Each day we have to CHOSE to live life to the fullest, to experience every moment that passes FULLY and COMPLETELY! To hug our family/friends, kiss our lovers, and smile at strangers.
This has been completely cheesy but I can’t help it.