Monday, August 13, 2012

The Manifestation of Hope

Hello Beautiful

A friend was involved in a work-related accident this weekend.  As he lay in the ICU ward of the hospital, bruised and as still as lifelessness, a war was engaged for his life on both a spiritual and microcellular level. 

In the waiting room nearby a bustle of action was unfolding.  As his wife sat overcome by emotions of fear, stress, and confusion, the world around her moved to bear the weight.  The young man’s work coordinated medical, lodging, and other logistic arrangements.  Their friends brought food, prayers, and emotional comfort.  The family poured in from all parts of East Coast to be with their loved ones.

The face of beauty is a room full of co-workers, friends, and family sitting together in a room to comfort a wife whose husband is fighting for his life.  A room like this is devoid of fear. In a room such as this there is hope.  By the second day this room was filled with cookies and half eaten lasagna, a guitar and laptops, sign-in books and baby bags.  It was no longer a sterile hospital environment.  It was a family room filled with love. 

The physical manifestation of beauty is not only exemplified in one’s corporal form.  It is also evident in action.  I have always struggled to understand what difference it makes to visit the sick.  To simply sit in a waiting room appears to be of little use when the medical staff is doing their job.  However to be a presence of strength and support can change someone’s world.  To know your friends are not merely saying they will stand with you, but physically move to sit with you as you cry, or eat, or fight the exhaustion in your eyes makes the difficulty bearable.  This is love.

Beauty in action is the manifestation of hope.  Hope of recovery.  Hope for a world that is broken, lost, and confused.  A reminder that God holds our fragile lives carefully in His hands.  God sent His Son to be the hope of all the world; securing healing and life for us.  Hope was moved to Beauty by the action of Love.  Bring hope to a grim place and watch it be transform.  Use your gift.  You are beautiful.

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