Whether it’s because of aging or changes in our financial circumstances or the diminishing of the health of a dear one, life-altering situations often help us more deeply appreciate the great mysteries of life.
In our day-by-day existence we are lured to believe life would be simpler if I had a car that could park itself, or a newer home that didn’t need so many repairs, or a job that wasn’t so demanding.
In our year-by-year existence our dream might be to win the multi-million dollar lottery or acquire the bobbles that indicate our self-made status.
Then there is reality! “I was making good money but …”. “The old ticker just couldn’t take it …”. “I thought we would always be there for each other …”. Words from the old song come back - “Is that all there is…?”
In our desperate times of vulnerability we are opened to fundamental realities. There is something more if we can move beyond our anger. In the novel Lazarus, writer Morris West talks about the genetic imprint (the graffiti) of God, written into each of us, which emerges.
As the Biblical person Lazarus was “recalled from the darkness”, West muses that his whole being was changed. He saw life through a new lens. Like a bulb buried in the ground, Lazarus was compelled to reach for the God-given light, to move upward into a climate of love, compassion, charity and hope. The imprint of God sustained him and changed him.
Someone wrote “God, it’s good to be alive! That’s what death teaches us.”
A modern Church Creed concludes “In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.”
The genetic imprint of God, deep within our being, helps us seek infinite truths!