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Life – A Reflection

February 20, 2020

Life can turn on a dime. This afternoon Denise and I were in a training class for Stephen Ministers at church. My phone rang and it was our hospital’s Emergency Room. They needed a Chaplain for a trauma that had arrived. Denise and I went to the ER and our hearts sunk. A young father (younger than our youngest) and his daughter survived the accident. His wife, her mother did not. What had begun as a short family day trip up to Estes turned into a tragic car wreck. In an instance, lives had been changed forever.

As we continue to process this experience and think about this young family I am reminded once again how precious life is. It took me back to my Air Force days and the tragic deaths of so many young women and men cut down in the prime of life.

As I ponder and reflect on this young family, Thomas Merton’s prayer from Thoughts in Solitude came to my mind. I lift this prayer for this young father and daughter as they struggle to live life without their wife/mother.

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

Lord in your mercy, hear this prayer on their behalf…

  1. Strength, good man. The Merton prayer is so true. Holding you and Denise, and this dear family, in prayers.

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