Until things are brighter
“Ah, I’d like to wear a rainbow every day
and tell the world that everything’s ok
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man in Black.”
— Johnny Cash
“Every man knows he’s a sissy compared to Johnny Cash.”
Optimism untempered by reality is only delusion. This blog exists because I believe with all my heart in the power of positive thinking; that the thoughts we allow our minds to dwell upon do indeed change reality in more ways than we can imagine. But a resounding tribute is owed to those who open our eyes to the pain and suffering all around us. On Pearl Harbor Day, it seems appropriate to pause and turn our thoughts in a more somber direction.
Everyone loves enthusiasm and joy. Those who speak for the suffering, the desperate, and the deserted are seldom popular. From the prophets of old to the modern doctors who must deliver a devastating diagnosis, we all tend to want to shoot the messengers who bring dark news. Yet these people do play a necessary, if thankless, role.
Those of us who have known deep and seemingly unrelenting sorrows can testify that sunny platitudes are sometimes what we least need to hear. The Bible tells us to weep with those who weep, for there is a time for weeping. Today, I reflect in gratitude for the tearful prayers of so many who understand our present suffering and share our sorrows. I invite you to listen to the words (linked above) of the unforgettable “Man in Black” and take a few moments to remember those who are suffering today. May we never flinch at our duty to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”