At times, it seems I’m being shuttled through life on one of those people movers at the airport. As I grow older and frighteningly more contemplative, the pace of time and the awareness of mortality’s tightening grip is teaching me to carry a heavier heart with a more patience. The coming moments with friends and family become more of an opportunity to unlock the “why” when life seems stolen. I have come to realize it is not the answer to what God permits, but rather the opportunity to share a moment in another’s grief – to be present. I believe there is no amount of preaching that compares to expressing our deepest sympathies when two lose themselves in a long, comforting hug. It is in that moment when encouraging little words crawl past trembling lips carried on faint whispers that allow those embracing to step off that people mover to realize time standing still. It is during that mystery when God is within our midst that we find His unmistakable presence and true solace. There, in the genius of God, we must realize that He alone can lift our tearful eyes allowing us to breathe the very life of His Truth. As grief pounds the shores of our memories with seemingly unrelenting waves of loss, deep down we know the waves will come with less frequency in time. Still, mortality leaves us naked and exposed to its very purpose – a chance to lift our eyes to the One who makes all things new.
Lift My Eyes
Mortality was a forgotten foe,
Mostly Invisible to my youth,
Now death nibbles at life’s corners,
Hell-bent to disturb hearts resting in Truth.
Time, the inescapable juggernaut,
Carries away another friend.
Mournful souls draw close once more,
Stitching ragged hearts in need of mend,
Lift my eyes O’ Lord,
So my heart may follow.
Cleave me to your side,
And bear me up tomorrow.
Sufficient is your Grace O‘ Lord,
Unstoppable is Your Mercy,
Death may steal my final breath,
But not the life you offer me.
For Eternal is your breath, O’ Lord,
Filling space outside of time,
A source of unbound charity,
Filling begging hearts with Life sublime.
O’ Lord, lift my eyes…
©2012 by Chris Clody 10/15/2012
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